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Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum)

By Metro6R4  
I think this is a Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum)

The Sloe Bug is a rather variable creature. The basic colour is a kind of dark Burgundy red with a fine, black punctation. The end of the scutellum is always bright yellowish white and not punctuated. The remainder of the scutellum is extremely variable in colour: sometimes burgundy red just as the rest of the bodu, but usuallly yellowish or greenish. Still this is an umistakable species, because it is one of the very few shield bugs in our part of the world with antennae ringed like this.The rings are about both the end of one segment and the beginning of the next. This way they give the impression of being "double". The length is quite characteristic for our Shield Bugs: some 10 to 15mm.

Of all the stink bugs this one is the worst. It really loves berries, especially Honeysuckle and Raspberries. It walks all over them, leaving behind an awful stinking substance. This makes all berries it walked over inedible. Like in other Stink Bugs the substance is made for protection. A bird or other enemy will eat only one bug in its entire live. Afterwards it will always remember the dreadful taste and you will never pick one up again.

Having viewed them together I think V4 now is the best..... what do you think.

A special thank you to Gypsyman & Pluckyfilly for your user awards yesterday.

Tags: Forest Fly Insect Wood Bug Close-up and macro Wings

Voters: KarenFB, mrswoolybill, colin beeley and 14 more

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great set good macro shots.GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 4:03PM
Wonderful shots Paul, sooo much detail.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 7:49PM
V4 for me it shows the natural colour better
15 Oct 2012 9:09AM
V4 for me also, but all are worthy of an award, first for finding them in the wild, second for getting up to them, third for being able
to get them in focus. Very well done Paul.
Metro6R4 7 3 1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 6:28PM
Many thanks for all your kind comments, & a special thank you to Gypsyman for your user award. Paul.

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