The first photographs that I am going to show you date back to early June. Dock Bugs can often be found on Dock ( 🙂 ) and Dock can be very colourful so it makes a good picture so I started photographing for the colour but then I got distracted and in the end I never got around to posting these pictures.
These are Dock Bugs.
Here are some Dock Bugs on a nice red leaf.
This was when I became distracted by their mouth parts. Dock Bugs have a long piercing beak like structure called a rostrum that they use to suck sap from the Dock that they feed on. This beak is normally carried under the body and I hadn’t really paid it much attention.
You can see it in these next photographs.
Well that post never happened. I became distracted by some pretty little thing and forgot about the rostrum of Coreus marginatus until today.
Today I found and photographed the result of all of that hanky panky amid the Dock leaves and I do like getting the nymphs of the species.
This is a late instar nymph of Coreus marginatus. Note the different body shape and narrow “shoulders.”
Thank you for your patience, I got there in the end.