To meyerd: Finally the corect namepetrudamsa::2007-03-17 1:12
Dear Dietrich

At the time I took the shot and made the ID for this one, Pyrrhocoris apterus was the closest thing to resemble this insect in all the books I had acces. I knew that something is not right, and some other TN members pointed it out to me, but no one put the corect name to it. So, thanks for doing that. I met this insect several times in my area; not very frequent but also not very scarce. Even if I live in northen part of Romania, wich takes this region out of Mediteranean zone, we got here some Mediteranean-like microclimat due to some specific geographical factors (rather low area surrounded by mountains that protect it from harsh temperature changes, rich in precipitations). There are other Mediterranean species that occur spontaneously here, some of them having their northenmost range in Europe, like a forest of Castanea sativa (chestnut tree), but others too.
Thanks again for this ID I've been waiting for a while.
Cheers, Petru
Romania
Title: Pyrrhocoris apterusMinolta HT-SI
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To meyerd: Finally the corect name petrudamsa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 77 N: 725] (2544)::2007-03-17 01:12