David Element

 

Wildlife Photography and Digital Video Images

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bugs 32 Striped Shieldbugs

 

 

A close up of a flower

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STRIPED SHIELDBUG Graphosoma lineatum italicum

 

A close up of a flower

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STRIPED SHIELDBUG Graphosoma lineatum italicum

 

A picture containing animal

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STRIPED SHIELDBUG Graphosoma lineatum italicum

 

A insect on the ground

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STRIPED SHIELDBUG Graphosoma lineatum italicum

 

A close up of a flower

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STRIPED SHIELDBUG Graphosoma lineatum italicum

 

A close up of a bug

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STRIPED SHIELDBUG Graphosoma lineatum italicum

 

A close up of a flower

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STRIPED SHIELDBUG Graphosoma lineatum italicum

 

A close up of a flower

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STRIPED SHIELDBUG Graphosoma lineatum italicum

 

A close up of a flower

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STRIPED SHIELDBUG Graphosoma lineatum italicum

 

A picture containing animal, sitting, table, blue

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STRIPED SHIELDBUGS Graphosoma lineatum italicum

 

A insect on the ground

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STRIPED SHIELDBUG Graphosoma lineatum italicum (nymph)

 

A close up of a tree

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STRIPED SHIELDBUG Graphosoma lineatum italicum (nymph)

 

         The Striped Shieldbug Graphosoma lineatum italicum is very easy to recognise as the adults look for all the world as if they are wearing miniature AC Milan jerseys! Doubtless these warning colours advertise the fact that they have an unpleasant taste. The bugs are abundant through much of Continental Europe where they will be found on umbellifers, often clustered together. The white elongated object attached to the bug in the ninth photograph is the egg of an endoparasitic tachinid fly (probably Endophasia or Phasia spp.) that has been glued there. Once hatched this will burrow through the chitin and feed on non-vital organs until ready to emerge, whereupon the host will die.

 

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