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Shieldbug

Observed: 6th June 2011 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

The lateral extensions to the pronotum are not as marked as in the Hawthorn Shieldbug and the scutellum is red-tinged rather than green. I think I am looking at the rostrum in the more sideways-on image.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Birch Shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus) interacts

Comments

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Tachinid egg

Another bug carrying a Tachind egg on the pronotum.

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Tachinid egg

Now that is interesting. The fly Phania funesta turned up at this location last year (Dipterists Forum). Could it be that?

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Phania

There is only 1 host record (from Europe) for Phania funesta mentioned in the RES Tachinid Handbook - the host then was Legnotus limbosus.

Phania is a very common fly so finding it is not unusual. It also has a curved abdomen with various appendages that suggest that it lays its eggs internally. External eggs could be one of a number of species, hence the request to look out for any bugs carrying eggs.

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