This cotton stainer is much paler in colour than other species, and is distinguished by the two light spots on its back and the dark band behind its head.
The nymphs are a solid red colour.
Adult size: 12-15 mm
Out and about
They are active in autumn. They are found mainly in the temperate regions though to the tropics of eastern Australia.
Reproduction and Life cycle
Its eggs are a pale yellow and laid singly or in loose clusters on the ground amongst leaf litter.
When the eggs hatch, the larvae and first instar stage stay on the ground.
- Soapy water spray for minor infestations
- Pyrethrum spray
- Neem spray
Plants to repel
Plants to attract
Tachinid flies / Predatory bugs such as assassin bugs.
Why they are a Pest
Apart from causing staining in cotton, it also likes native plants, weeds, cultivated plants and seeds and fruits in general.
They will pierce fruit such as oranges and ripening peaches which causes the fruit to drop off and rot quickly.