Shield bug

That’s “stink bug” if you live in the US – I gather they produce a foul smell to deter predators, though I’ve never picked one up to find out. At first I thought this brown specimen was a forest bug, but the folks at British Bugs tell me that the green shieldbug sometimes changes to this colour in the autumn, presumably as camouflage amongst dead leaves. A good reason not to be too tidy in the garden!

Shield bug

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2 Responses to “Shield bug”

  1. The leaf or the bug, who’s texture is better ? I will go for the bug

  2. […] learned from the Hagbourne Wildlife blog that this nymph of the Green Shield Bug will not have stayed the same colour. As an adult bug, it […]

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