Many Hemiptera suck plant juices although some have evolved to suck blood and body fluids. Hemiptera groups include water scorpions, water boatman, backswimmers, water striders, plant bugs, bed bugs, assassin bugs, flat bugs, seed bugs, red bugs and stink bugs.
This family of tropical bug feeds mainly on the juices of rotting vegetation. Characterized by their bright red coloration, they exude an acrid fluid for their protection. Geneticists discovered the X chromosome sex gene through research and study of related fire bugs. This adult was found on the hairy surfaces of a tropical flower.