Carol was originally the driving force behind the Shieldbugs collection and I have to agree, they are fascinating, colourful little critters. They are certainly small enough to benefit from her wonderful macro lens (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM), as some of these pictures demonstrate. I’m definitely a fan myself. As they merit a page themselves, I’ve included other members of the Heteroptera.
Since not all of these characters appear to have common/vernacular names, I’ve gone for scientific/binomial names with the common names in parentheses when I know of one. Being at a loss to know how best to organize them, they’re simply in alphabetical sequence of scientific/binomial name.
|Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale (Hawthorn Shieldbug)|
|Cyphostethus tristriatus (Juniper Shieldbug)||Dolycoris baccarum (Hairy Shieldbug)||Dyroderes umbraculatus|
|Elasmostethus interstinctus (Birch Shieldbug)|
|Elasmucha grisea (Parent Bug)|
|Eurydema oleracea (Brassica Bug)|
|Eurydema ornata (Ornate Shieldbug)|
|Nezara viridula (Southern Green Shieldbug)|
|Palomena prasina (Green Shieldbug)|
|Pentatoma rufipes (Red-legged Shieldbug)||Peribalus strictus|
|Piezodorus lituratus (Gorse Shieldbug)||Rhaphigaster nebulosa||Solenosthedium bilunatum|
|Coreus marginatus (Dock Bug)||Gonocerus acuteangulatus (Box Bug)|
|Lygaeus equestris||Spilostethus pandurus||Pyrrhocoris apterus|