Sunday, August 31

Baby Shield bug

Two of these little fella/girls popped up from amongst the yellow raspberries that I picked yesterday.
They were smaller than my little finger nail and I have small fingers.

They are common green shield bugs (imaginative name eh?) which feed on various plants but  cause little damage. Read more here 


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  1. I was trying to figure out what the heck the bug was on, until it dawned on me it was a raspberry. That really gave me an idea of size.

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    1. They do grow quite a bit bigger, Daphne - I'd never spotted any as small as these before,

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  2. I always find lots of shield bugs on the raspberries. I find them quite tricky to shake off, they do cling on quite hard. But as you say, I can't see that they do any damage.

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    1. I guess if there was lots of them they may be a problem. They pierce the plant with their mouth-parts so I wonder if that is why you can't shake them off.

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  3. It must be the time of year, I've seen quite a few of them around recently. One was running around on my windscreen.

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    1. I once felt a tickle on my neck, Jo when I was in the bathroom. I brushed the tickle with my habed and a shield bug landed on the floor. That was my first meeting with a shield bug.

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  4. Now they are little 'uns. Often see these creatures at the allotment despite their excellent camouflage skills.

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    1. They are strange creatures aren't they Anna changing colour as they grow

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  5. What a brilliant close up, if I had taken that it would have been a green blur! We've had a fair few of them around this year, more than usual.xxx

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    1. It came out better than expected, Snowbird as they were crawling about - the other hid under the raspberries

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  6. Lovely aren't they.
    Many congratulations on your eight years too!

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    1. Apparently they are called stink bugs too, Jessica and emit a smell skunk like but I've no experience of this. Thanks doe the congrats - do you want to go into the draw?

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  7. Thank you Sue for sharing never seen one before have a blessed day

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    1. There are different species in different colours Linda so not all are green.

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  8. I have never seen this species before. I've found the brown version here.

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    1. The colours change as the bugs grow Endah but there are all sorts of species which feed on different plants

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  9. I know these bugs very well. We call them stinky bugs. They like to nap on my cabbages :)
    great close up. At first I thought raspberries are big worms :D

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    1. I had a look and see what you mean about looking like worms.

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  10. That's an amazing close up, Sue. I'm rather hoping now that I haven't accidentally scoffed any whilst out collecting raspberries - I do tend to eat the fruit as I'm wandering around! Eeuuwww! I've seen quite a few in the garden lately, it's that aut*mn thing again. Drat!

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    1. Is that a typo Caro? :) They look as though they would be crunchy!

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  11. Hi again, Sue - I agree, a great close-up shot :-) I had never seen a shield bug until early this year in my Mum's garden moving about on a ground cover plant - so well camouflaged it was there. It was a bigger 'un than yours and maybe a sloe bug.

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    1. We seem to have lots this year Shirley - all sorts of sizes.

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