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shield bug nursery

By CarolG  
I came across this mass of baby shield bugs perched on top of a dry thistle flower, couldn’t believe how many there were! After photographing them I noticed that there were a lot of adults around, too, so I took advantage of them and asked a few of them to model for me, which they very kindly did, one of them insisting on perching on my hand!

Now for a bit of information about shield bugs…………

Shield bugs have glands in their thorax between the first and second pair of legs which produce a foul smelling liquid. This liquid is used defensively to deter potential predators and is sometimes released when the bugs are handled carelessly.
The nymphs, similar to adults except smaller and without wings, also have stink glands.
The nymphs and adults have piercing mouthparts which most use to suck sap from plants, although some eat other insects. When they group in large numbers they can become significant pests. Shield bugs normally appear during the spring and summer months.
They are commonly eaten in Laos, and are regarded as delicious due to their extremely strong odour. The insects are sometimes pounded together with spices and a seasoning to prepare cheo, a paste mixed with chillies and herbs. This is eaten as a side dish with glutinous rice.

Tags: General Close-up Babies Close-up and macro Shield bug Nursery Bug insect Wildlife and nature

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12 Nov 2010 5:57AM
lovely sharp images again well done

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tashi 7 2
12 Nov 2010 6:16AM
Excellent capture.. pin sharp and perfect that my initial reaction was "are they real?" (no offence, please). As I moused over slowly ... each image was a lovely sight. Yes, excellent set of images. Great colour and detail. Very beautifully captured indeed. The write up is also very informative and interesting. Thanks for sharing.
cabbie Plus
11 31 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 6:27AM
Great set of images spot on

12 Nov 2010 6:36AM
Another superb set of close up images, Carol, all with wonderful details and colours, V1 is just perfect and thanks for the information.
12 Nov 2010 6:52AM
A lovely pin sharp capture well done
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 7:01AM
Excellent images once again Carol, superbly detailed and captured.
It got me wondering: what would you call a group of shield bugs? An armoury perhaps?! Smile
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
12 Nov 2010 7:18AM
love v1. lol @ carol.lesley
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 7:31AM
Such a pretty bug with sort of a gruesome write up
5 belters
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 7:43AM
Ha, ha, ha.... you gave me a good laugh this morning Carol... This reminds me of some more than only one parliament on this earth...
V4 even complements this - Cross your swords for nothing!
Well done,
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 7:51AM
Great set of images Carol. I'm sure the insect world know where to come to have their portraits taken.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
12 Nov 2010 7:57AM
They are also known as Stink Bugs. Excellent set of macro images.

12 Nov 2010 8:02AM
Very impressive Carol, i guess you have one of the best shieldbugs collection on the Internet. I thought to your insect pics and visited a huge bookstore and found so many interesting books about these little things...
Ray42 10 3 England
12 Nov 2010 8:17AM
An excellent set of this pretty looking shield bug - an interesting write up too
goso 11 2 1 Australia
12 Nov 2010 8:22AM
Great pics, and an interesting writeup Carol - Bill
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 8:22AM
my goodness wot a lot u got - great set
12 Nov 2010 8:28AM
User_Removed 8 10 1 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 8:33AM
Really like these Carol......... Dave
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 8:44AM
That is a great set, but the write up Carol, you are certainly a born teacher for us on EPZ, and some of the comments...great! it really has to be V1 certainly a wow image and soooo sharp
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
12 Nov 2010 9:05AM
Wow! Has to be V1 for the shear quantity, as well as comp and detail, but what a great set! Think, however, I'll pass for now on that gormet meal!!

MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 9:33AM
Bet you were in seventh heaven
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 9:39AM
Stunning detailed captures, excellent info. as well. Smile
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 9:39AM
Ooh err Missus...have the RC on me this time! This is one for my shortlist; a very comprehensive reportage and each capture as sharp and detailed as the first and each with a different slant on the little bugs. Good one Carol
Interesting series. I like the head to head in V4.
I prefer to see them walking about than in a dish. Mind you I might have eaten some without knowing while traveling in Vietnam.

moiral 8 12 Scotland
12 Nov 2010 10:13AM
Great series of shots, so detailed and sharp. I really like V1. Moira
f8 14 9.2k 22 England
12 Nov 2010 10:16AM
A really good capture, never seen a nursery of these shield bugs.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
12 Nov 2010 10:43AM
You make these look so glamourous Carol
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
12 Nov 2010 11:34AM
The stuff of nightmaresSmile
12 Nov 2010 12:00PM
Fabulous set of images..JIM.
12 Nov 2010 12:22PM
just having a wee look in this week.Your images are amazing and great to see. gill
(I experimented making a book on Photo Box so will see what its like when it's delivered to me.)
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
12 Nov 2010 12:51PM
Oh aren't they super little bugs.
Great series of shots in their natural
They look like they are fencing in V4.

Well done Carol.
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
12 Nov 2010 1:52PM
You always capture your subjects perfect... Enjoy the close ups and the detail you capture
tmann 13 4 2 United States
12 Nov 2010 2:02PM
incredible detail
crookymonsta Plus
10 837 10 England
12 Nov 2010 2:07PM
Amazing sight, certainly a feast for the eyes, although I don't fancy the recipe, thank you!
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 2:10PM
5 excellent shots all with great detail ...Phil
12 Nov 2010 2:23PM
Another great set of excellent images! Well done Carol
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 2:36PM
A side dish with glutinous rice? I do not think that would sell well around here. The pictures would though.
12 Nov 2010 3:01PM
Excellent set, V1 for me Carol.
Cor 9 Belgium
12 Nov 2010 3:23PM
V1 on TOP +++++.
Great serie
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
12 Nov 2010 3:27PM
Amazing set! You find the most interesting subjects ! Patti
9 10 10 England
12 Nov 2010 4:20PM
They really do have wonderful patterns and your excellent detailed shots are top class. Don't think I want one sitting on my finger though!! Have a good weekend.
12 Nov 2010 4:22PM
The last piece of information is great. Hope they are not as tasty as they look.eeeeek
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 4:26PM
they do look lovely but not good enough to eat..... eeewwww
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
12 Nov 2010 5:17PM
Love this species Carol - V1 is outstanding - superb detail and clarity.
Very envious of this image - it gets my UA.
12 Nov 2010 5:33PM
Fantastic set of images Carol,detail is superb.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
12 Nov 2010 5:56PM
So kind of them to pose for you, Carol, allowing you to get this brilliant set of images. V2 really shows how small these are, but do like V4 where two are head to head - are they about to fight or kiss?!
Interesting write-up, too - don't think I'd fancy eating them, though...
TrevB Smile
foggytwo 14 36 1 Scotland
12 Nov 2010 5:58PM
A great set of pictures and a great write up as well Carol,very interesting. I like No.1.
RTDS 9 Cyprus
12 Nov 2010 6:00PM
Excellent set of captures Carol.
Great details in them all.
Silverzone 10 2 England
12 Nov 2010 6:18PM
Superb. View 1 and 4 are todays favourites. Sylvia
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
12 Nov 2010 6:36PM
Fantastic series Carol - V1 is a real winner - wonderful colours, detail and dof.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 6:43PM
Excellent set of images, Carol. I like shield bugs but not enough to eat one!
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
12 Nov 2010 6:52PM
Great set again, particulalrly #4
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 7:09PM
Absolutely amazing.

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 8:02PM
stunning set carol v1 for me nice one Wink
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 9:28PM
Great set Carol but it has to be v1 ! Great capture
LexEquine 12 19 United States
12 Nov 2010 10:43PM
"Superlative set" of finely-detailed & colored macro captures, Carol.
Anjantoo 10 7 1 England
12 Nov 2010 11:32PM
V1 gave me the creeps big time, most bugs I can sort of cope with if there are only a couple but that many in one spot yeughhhhhhh
13 Nov 2010 12:15AM
Brilliant shot.well done.
13 Nov 2010 3:12AM
Hi Carol, very well spotted and captured, another stunning shot from ur PF.

Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
13 Nov 2010 7:56AM
Great captures Carol and after reading about them and their foul smelling liquid I can't imagine why you let it get on your hand ! Version 4 made me smile . Looks like pistols at dawn xx
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
13 Nov 2010 9:17PM
A cracking cluster you've captured in v1 Carol, v4 also made me chuckle, it looks like they are pretending to be rutting stags!
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
14 Nov 2010 4:28AM
Arrived at your set here, rather later than usual, Carol. What a marvellous set and I'm so glad they responded to your request re. modelling. Very well captured.
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2010 12:13PM
Great series V1 is fascinating - well spotted Carol - Ina
ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2010 7:59AM
What a great find Carol and a very nice capture too,
15 Nov 2010 10:56AM
i'm playing catch up again too many hospital runs for others ...another great set V1 and V2 are a tad ahead click
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2010 4:16PM
What an amazing collection Carol !!

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