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Shield Bug nymph 1

Observed: 17th August 2012 By: Stephen PlummerStephen Plummer’s reputation in InvertebratesStephen Plummer’s reputation in Invertebrates
Shield Bug nymph 1
Shield Bug nymph 1a
Shield Bug nymph 1b

This is a very small dark shieldbug nymph with few defining characteristics - there are a few raised 'bumps' that can just be seen on the dorsal surface

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Hi there, Wildlife

Hi there, Wildlife Ranger,
The general habitat is marsh with Common Reed. This was found in a very good piece of habitat within the overall habitat (!) with rushes, willowherbs, hemp agrimony, a few buttercups and other plants. Will I need the adult for this one?

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Hi Stephen - Its a good find I'd keep my eye on the locality and see whats around. Burrowing SB by there nature are poorly documented given 1. the time they spend underground 2 The fact they are often overlooked as Beetles. Nymphs are difficult a generally as often need to be raised although in my experience most SB Nymps are distinctive enough from experience to identify with this category maybe the exception A lot of the Cydnid Nymphs have red pigmentation in the course of their development this one is a difficult one


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