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Spiny or Spiked Shieldbug - Picromerus bidens

By Mendipman  
This is a good time of the year to find this species of shield bug in the long grass and bushes on the mendips and it has almost become an annual ritual to see if I can find feeding individuals. This is quite a common site with them feeding mainly on caterpillars and sawfly larvae, occasionally adult butterflies or moths.

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Many thanks for the votes and comments on the previous upload of the Solitary Bee and especially to Bob (bobpaige1), Ade (Ade123) and Alan (Alan_Baseley) for their UA's, so very much appreciated. GrinGrinGrinGrin

Tags: Morning Wildlife Nature Prey Autumn Macro Close Uk Sunrise England Close-up Natural Habitat Insect Yellow Feeding Green Close up Flora Bug Europe Somerset Fauna European Details September Detail Britain Brown Magnified Natural light Shield bug Predator Mendips Arthropod Behaviour Entomology Detailed Biology Invertebrate Magnify Predation Wildlife and nature Shieldbug Heteroptera Hemiptera Priddy Mineries Heath McDonald Zoology Mendip Wildlife Photography Pentatomidae True Bugs Western Europe Hexopod Picromerus bidens Spiked Shieldbug

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20 Sep 2016 8:33PM
Excellent captures by you and the shield bug Heath,
20 Sep 2016 8:36PM
Amazing detailed capture and excellent colour.
Greyheron 18 282 7 England
20 Sep 2016 8:43PM
Fabulous image, Heath...

KarenFB Plus
14 5.6k 180 England
20 Sep 2016 8:43PM
Wow - a fascinating piece of insect life, brilliantly caught! (Amazing 'shoulders' that bug has!).
20 Sep 2016 9:08PM
A great capture
ade123 8 285 1 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2016 9:53PM
A brilliant image. Outstanding photography as always Heath

Spkr51 4 United States
20 Sep 2016 10:14PM
Excellent capture ***** SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Bento 5 Portugal
20 Sep 2016 10:53PM
Stunning capture.
TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2016 11:55PM
Great shot, Heath.
tonyguitar 8 77 37 Canada
21 Sep 2016 12:35AM
Dramatic actions underway. View Large does bring this to life. Impressive! TG
vivdy 9 2 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2016 2:36PM
Never seen anything like this before , One lethal weapon . Lovely image . Viv
podgod 16 514 3 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2016 9:01AM
27 Jan 2017 9:22PM
Amazing capture!

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