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Green Shield Bug (Stink Bug)

By Metro6R4  
Green Shield Bug (Palomena Prasina)

Young larvae are green with a lot of black. Older larvae are plain green.

Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)

This species is not called Green Stink Bug for nothing. First of all it is green indeed and secondly it produces a stinking liquid. That's why it is such an unwanted animal. It not only produces this perfume when in danger, like lady beetles do. Everywhere it goes it leaves behind a stinking trail. You often notice this picking blackberries. Suddenly you pick a smelly one, tasting awfully when eaten. Usually a Green Stink Bug was there before you were. Green Shield Bugs have only very few natural enemies. It is a very common species all over the British Isles and on the continent as well.

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Comments


RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
13 Oct 2012 10:59AM
Top quality macro shot of the shield bug, Paul, the detail captured excellent and the image accompanied by an in formative narrative.
Ronnie.

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Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
13 Oct 2012 11:37AM
Damn, not sure i wanted to know what the awful taste on some blackberries is TongueGrinGrin Very well captured though.

Dave
13 Oct 2012 6:07PM
Another one of the best.
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
13 Oct 2012 7:49PM
I always think they smell like old rancid chip fat!.....And it seems to take ages to get the smell off your fingers if you've ever touched one of the little critters, I speak from experience!.....Sad

Ade
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 8:47PM
cracking detail and colour spot on
Metro6R4 7 3 1 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 10:43PM
Many thanks for all your kind comments & a special thank you to Gypsyman & Pluckyfilly for your user awards.

Regards Paul.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 11:53PM
A stunning macro photograph Paul, wonderful pin sharp focusing and exquisite detail and colour GrinGrinGrin

Regards Nathan
footloose 7 1 England
14 Oct 2012 12:54AM
You have mastered the flash output to create great images on macro without burning them out,Nice one!!!!
Dennis

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