Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Forest Bug

This is, I think, the first bug on the blog. Bugs differ from beetles in having a piercing beak, wings with membranous tips that overlap when not flying. They are the True bugs: the Hemiptera and there are 50,000 to 80,000 species. This is a shield bug. They belong to the sub-order Heteroptera (which accounts for around 40,000 species) and are sometimes referred to as the Typical bugs.
The Forest Bug, Pentatoma rufipes, belongs to the family Pentatomidae, so-called because of their five-segmented antennae (compared with the four found in most Heteropterans). It is common throughout Britain

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