Basking in the warming afternoon sun and showing off its very fine shiny colours, this is the Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus. It must have got itself lost for it is generally associated with Gorse, but there is no Gorse in my back garden. However I am pleased it stopped by, for this is my very... Continue Reading →
I have featured this extraordinary 'bug' before in a previous post, and you can learn more about it there if you wish to: Dock Leaf Bug. However, please note the two converging lobes on the nose in the second image down. This is diagnostic of this species. When I came across several of them this... Continue Reading →
This bug landed on my neck when I was sitting in the garden. It has been going through various stages (instars) as it is growing up, and it is almost an adult. Please see final image to see what the adult looks like. Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale) final instar nymph, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.
There are quite a few of these green capsid bugs around, and they can be quite confusing to identify with accuracy. This one is usually found on birch, and is common and widespread throughout Britain. The adults are seen June to September, and can grow up to 6mm (0.2in) long. Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. July... Continue Reading →
No, not a rabbit or a strange Frankenstein hybrid between bunny and bug, but just a bug, a true bug from the order of insects called Hemiptera. I know one thing this small bug likes to do, and that is to wave his extraordinarily long antennae around. Here, there and everywhere. Please click on an... Continue Reading →
Sorry, let's rewrite that. "Near the local pond no one can hear you scream". I have never seen anything quite like this before. The locals must have thought I had completely lost the plot as I was kneeling in mud on the edge of a local pool snapping away, totally oblivious of anybody if they... Continue Reading →
Formerly called Grypocoris stysi, this is quite a distinctive and attractive plant bug which I came upon as I walked along a local woodland margin. July 2017.
In the garden this morning I could not help but notice how many of these bugs called the Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina), where sunning themselves on my bush. The more I looked the more I saw, and to my astonishment they were in various stages of colouring. There were about ten in all quite happily... Continue Reading →