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___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bugs 9 – Mottled Shieldbugs

 

 

A insect on a white background

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MOTTLED SHIELDBUG Raphigaster nebulosa

 

·         The Mottled Shieldbug Raphigaster nebulosa is a common European insect that has recently managed to establish a toehold in South London. As is often the case with recent introductions, importation of the early stages on poorly regulated plants may have been the route of entry and the warmer microclimate associated with the ‘heat island’ effect produced by the inordinately large number of heated and lit buildings in the City probably suits it. This bug is a woodland species that is often to be found employing its camouflage very effectively against tree-bark. The above photograph of a Mottled Shieldbug sitting on an artificial light (and one that contributed rather effectively to the flash output) was taken in the South of France. The striated antennae and the surface pitting may be seen very clearly in this image.

 

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