Sunday, June 1, 2014

Shieldbug nymph



We found this red-legged shieldbug Pentatoma rufipes nymph at Alston yesterday. It will go through further moults before it becomes a winged adult.








Here it is flipped over onto its back, when you can see the rostrum - the long, articulated mouthparts that pierce plant tissues like a hypodermic syringe.




Almost as soon as I righted it the shieldbug shuffled over to a leaf vein, pierced it with the tip of its rostrum and began feeding.


















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4 comments:

  1. Found a Shieldbug similar to this, the markings on mine are a little different to yours and can't find a photo... Trying to find as many SB as possible...Which Shieldbug is yours ?
    On my blog at the top of the page is a link to bee,bugs and butterflies, I would be very grateful if you could take a look. Thanks.
    Amanda x

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    1. This one was identified for me as a red-legged shieldbug Pentatoma rufipes, Amanda, so I've updated the post. Will check out your blog now and leave a comment if I can help.

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  2. This is a real beauty. I love summer just for the insects. I have acres of rushes, mares tails and reeds but nothing is climbing up them yet.

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    1. Hope you get lucky and find some dragonfly nymphs hatching, Adrian

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