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(known in some regions as the linden bug or fire bug), an insect of the order Hemiptera. The insect is bright-red with black spots on top; underneath it is black. The elytra are usually shortened, inferior wings are absent. The body length is 7–12 mm. It is found in central and southern Europe, North Africa, and Southwest Asia. It inhabits principally light forests and parks; the insects usually cluster on tree stumps or in the lower parts of tree trunks. It ingests fallen seeds and dead insects.