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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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RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 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.
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.7k 158 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.

Gypsyman 10 690 England
13 Oct 2012 6:07PM
Another one of the best.
Ade_Osman 18 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

pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 8:47PM
cracking detail and colour spot on
Metro6R4 10 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 10 5.2k 127 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 10 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!!!!

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