Heteroptera (Shieldbugs et al)

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)
Carpocoris spp
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)
Graphosoma lineatum
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

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