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Nymphs of the Woundwort Shield Bug.

Unlike the last bug, which was carved from sandstone by an ancient and now forgotten civilisation, these bugs are actually manufactured by a jeweller in Sheffield. They are made of platinum with red Β copper insets and tiny gemstones around the edges and they are exquisitely beautiful. (Quite expensive too)

Well that is what I have always believed. New evidence has emerged that seems to suggest that these bugs are capable of reproducing themselves, with no master craftsmen involved.

This is a Woundwort Shield Bug. (They are quite small and so only get to occupy the middle bit of the picture)

Woundwort Shieldbug

Woundwort Shieldbug

Woundwort Shield BugYou might remember that back in June they were getting up to hanky panky in the bushes. So much so that I was having to cover Fizz’s eyes when we went for walks.

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3I had never seen anything like it. So what was the result of all of this monkey business?

Try and guess what these are.

Woundwort Shield Bug late instar nymphs

Woundwort Shield Bug late instar nymphsI have never seen these little animals before but there are certain clues as to what they might be. The plant that they are on is Woundwort. They are following a Woundwort Shield Bug around like little Ducklings and they are quacking.

Woundwort Shield Bug late instar nymphs

Woundwort Shield Bug late instar nymphs

Woundwort Shield Bug late instar nymphsI am pretty certain that these are the love children of the beautiful Woundwort Shield Bug otherwise known as late instar nymphs of Eysacoris venustissimus. (Actually I know that is the case because I am a naturalist)

Another one for the collection then. πŸ™‚

Woundwort Shield Bug late instar nymphs

Woundwort Shield Bug late instar nymphs

Woundwort Shield Bug late instar nymphs

Woundwort Shield Bug late instar nymphs

Woundwort Shield Bug late instar nymphs

Woundwort Shield Bug late instar nymphsInsects love their children too, you know.

Forest Shieldbug

Pentatoma rufipes. I am just continuing with my Shieldbug theme for a moment while I wait for my hair to dry (as if) πŸ™‚ I used a picture of a forest as the header because I haven’t got many pictures of this one. All sorts of things live in the forest, there is something watching me in that picture and I will show you at the end.

Forest Shieldbug imago:

Forest Shieldbug

Forest ShieldbugThis is the nymph of the Forest Shieldbug and I think this is fifth instar.

Forest Shieldbug

Forest Shieldbug

Forest Shieldbug

Forest ShieldbugThat is just another of my collections that I am still working on.

So what was in the forest. Sorry about the quality it was a long way away and dark in there.

Fallow DeerI see you seeing me. Don’t worry I am just looking for bugs. πŸ™‚

Green Shieldbug

Just a little one for my own collection this is a nymph of the Green Shieldbug, Palomena Prasina.

Green ShieldbugJust like Butterflies Shieldbugs go through four moults before they reach the adult stage. So when they hatch they are known as first instar and four moults later they are known as fith instar after that they become an imago (adult).

Each instar looks a bit different than the last so when trying to collect the set you have to get all five instars and the adult. The Green Shieldbug has two different colour forms so there are twelve to collect and now I have got two of them.

Not a great count but you have to start somewhere. I think this one is a fifth instar as it’s “shoulders” are starting to develop.

Green Shieldbug

Green Shieldbug

Green Shieldbug

Green ShieldbugI know it is a bit sad really but oh well, only ten more forms to identify. πŸ™‚ I think that this one is a lovely colour.

Here are some older pictures of an adult Green Shieldbug.

Green Shieldbug

Green Shieldbug

Green Shieldbug