Monday, 20 October 2008

Shields Up!

I prefer to call them Shield Bugs rather than Stink Bugs! :-)

Anyway, I found these two sunning themselves on Artemisia absinthium (Wormwood) last Wednesday. I enjoy finding them around October each year. Their colouring interests me.

These two may be the same species although there is a bit of a difference in antennal markings.

I think these Shield Bugs are probably Oncocoris sp. Hemiptera : Pentatomidae.

(Click images to enlarge)


Mosura said...

Excellent shots! Nice and clear.

You might want to shift the ranking up a little with Hemiptera as the Order and Pentatomidae as the family. You'll find the families end in 'dae' and the subfamilies end in 'nae'.

Junior Lepid said...

Thanks Mosura. You are correct. I was asleep at the wheel again! :-)