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____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bugs 26 - Shieldbugs

 

 

 

 

SHIELDBUG Graphosoma semipunctatum

 

 

SHIELDBUG Graphosoma semipunctatum

 

 

SHIELDBUG Graphosoma semipunctatum

 

 

SHIELDBUG Graphosoma semipunctatum

 

 

         The colourful southern European shieldbug Graphosoma semipunctatum is absent from the British Isles. This example was found in Portugal and the distinctive pattern of black dots on the pronotum should make it instantly recognisable unless they have merged together. The only likely confusion would be with subspecies of the Striped Shieldbug Graphosoma lineatum/italicum but this bug has black longitudinal stripes on the pronotum.

 

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