Thursday 13 August 2009

Green Shield Bug

Green Shield Bug
(Palomena prasina)
The name shield bug is due to the shield shape of the adult insects when seen from above.

Often mistaken for beetles, shield bugs belong to a different group of insects, the Hemiptera. They feed by sucking sap from a wide range of plants but generally cause no noticeable damage to cultivated plants, even when numerous.

In the last few years I've been noticing more and more of these little bugs, and it seems to have become more abundant and widespread in the UK as a whole. This one landed on the outside table and seemed happy to sit on my finger and swop stares.... ain't it cute.. ;O)


Dina said...

Your bug is cute. But not when one is attracted to my reading light and lands on my bed at night. :)

imac said...

From Land rover man to Bug Man.
Neat post - my friend.

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

Sorry Tom but I don't find any bugs cute, except the ladybird or ladybug as Aussies call them. Friendly little chap though! Have a great weekend.

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

Forgot to add that your title reminded me of Green Shield Stamps! I'm not sure if you remember them?

Tom said...

I remember them well.... I also remember a saying from around here that went something like this:
If they fell off the Co-Op roof they'd land on the Divi..

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

Good old Co-Op.

Jane Hards Photography said...

I recall green shield stamps thinking of the title. For a bug it is cute.

Pauline The Yorkshire Rose said...

are they a pest?

Anonymous said...

Nice shots! It's a Birch shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus)