Thursday, 4 July 2013

Not Quite Shielded Enough!

Caught in the act! Two Shield Bugs (Pentatomoidea) mating among the cherries..

I'm afraid these bugs are not my favourites by a long way. They produce a foul smelling liquid from the thorax as a defence mechanism and unfortunately I've been on the receiving end and had a severe reaction to the stuff! Not a pleasant experience!


Jean said...

More nasty little critters to stay clear of!
Your blog is very educational!

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Jean, I'm a fast learner when things bite me.. Otherwise I just about make the remedial class!

Tim said...

The only time I've ever noticed a smell from them is when they commit suicide in the halogen uplighters... then they really do live up to the American name of stinkbugs!!