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________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bugs 45 Heather Shieldbugs

 

 

 

A insect on the ground

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HEATHER SHIELDBUG Rhagognathus punctatus

 

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HEATHER SHIELDBUG Rhagognathus punctatus

 

A insect on the ground

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HEATHER SHIELDBUG Rhagognathus punctatus

 

         The bronze-coloured Heather Shieldbug Rhagothnathus punctatus is an uncommon and rather unassuming little shieldbug that inhabits heathlands an increasingly rare habitat in the UK. This bug is a predator of leaf beetles and their larvae. The pale median line on the pronotum appears to be a consistent feature and it may assist with the identification of this insect.

 

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