terrycrynant's picture

Blue shieldbug ?

Observed: 13th September 2012 By: terrycrynantterrycrynant’s reputation in Invertebratesterrycrynant’s reputation in Invertebratesterrycrynant’s reputation in Invertebrates
004 - Copy
009
006
005
012
Description:

Shieldbug seen on bramble.In sunlight it had a metallic gold sparkle on much of the black pigment.This sparkle looks more green/red in the photos.
Shieldbugs identified as Blue were seen in the same spot last year.They were a brighter red rather than the orange of these.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Wildlife Ranger's picture

Blue v Bronze

The Bronze SB is also a candidate but the raised area of the developing pronotom is absent and the the metalic greeness as said absent not with standing that developing Nymphs are not hard and fast in their presentation but in the main I'd say this is the Blue SB

WLR

Whats Happening with Nature ??? Visit the Nature Blog

http://florafaunauk.blogspot.co.uk/

www.ukwildlife.net

Supporting FEET Conservation work & Biodiversity Recording

http://www.ebid.net/uk/stores/medic1/Natural-History

LordMuzzy's picture

Blue v Bronze

Hi Colin, my first call would have been Bronze and only due to the top 'stink gland' marking behind the scutellum having very narrow ends. This seems to be more uniform in Z. caerulea?

Regards

-Richard-

Wildlife Ranger's picture

Blue/Bronze

Hi Richard - you could be right but as said we are on very shaky ground with Nymphs and the developing glands by no means an ID point I'll double check this and post again

Best Wishes

WLR

Whats Happening with Nature ??? Visit the Nature Blog

http://florafaunauk.blogspot.co.uk/

www.ukwildlife.net

Supporting FEET Conservation work & Biodiversity Recording

http://www.ebid.net/uk/stores/medic1/Natural-History