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Let’s take a break from bumblebees – as amazing as they are – and appreciate other insects.
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If you ever feel pedantic, you can correct people who refer to all insects or creepy crawlies as ‘bugs’, because ‘true’ bugs only include those in the insect order of Hemiptera, such as shield bugs, cicadas, aphids, etc.
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Apart from the obvious buzz of the pollinators in your garden, you might have noticed insects about ¾ inches long on your flowers that look a bit like the insect in the photo. I’m going to introduce you to a new group of insects – shield bugs (also known as stink bugs).
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They’re called shield bugs as they have a shield-like triangular ‘scutellum’, which is the hardened extension of the thorax over the abdomen.
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They’re also infamously known as stink bugs because they release a pungent liquid from special glands near their hind legs which smells awful (trust me on this, they also stain your hands sometimes) in order to fend off any potential predators.
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Shield bugs often show parental care (unlike most of the other insects, which ditch their child as soon as possible) – some species would even sit on the eggs until they hatch in order to protect them from predators!
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The insect in the photo above is the Forest Shield bug, also known as the Red-Legged Shieldbug. Shoutout to @sam_bakhshalian for finding it.
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#bug #stinkbug #Hemiptera #insect #insects #insectsofinstagram #bug #insecta #macro #closeup #nature #macro_freaks #macrolique #macro_highlight #macrophotography #macro_x #kings_insects #kf_macro #natgeo #macro_perfection #bpa_macro #macros_paradise #pocket_macro #vivomacro #hdmacros #icu_macro #jj_indetail #my_daily_macro #lensbible #macro_brilliance #macro_captures

Trapezonotus arenarius.
I was going through my Heteroptera photo folder earlier today and realized that majority of what I've photographed this year are from families Lygaeidae and Miridae, and this T. arenarius was no different, until I noticed that it has been moved from the family Lygaeidae to family Rhyparochromidae, commonly known as the Dirt-colored Seed Bugs.
Of the three species in genus Trapezonotus, this one is really easy to confuse to one of them, T. desertus. And that's where the last photo in the album comes in. From what I managed to find out, almost always, this T. arenarius has the inner dotted line broken, that I pointed in the last photo, on either or both sides of the scutellum (=the black upside-down triangle).
Although that dotted line is not always broken with T. arenarius, it is never broken with T. desertus. Other than that, it requires an examination of the male parameres (=part if the external reproductive organs of the male insects) to tell the difference between the two species if you find one of these insects and it has an unbroken dotted line and you want to be sure of the species, if both are known to be found in same area.
Although trying to see the dotted line while outside photographing these tiny bugs, can be quite hard, as they are really mobile, fast and quite small. This species being only 4-4.5 mm (0.15-0.17 in) in body length.
I got bit lucky with this individual for finding it posing on that piece of lichen on a rock and it didn't seem to mind me moving around it, until my 4th shot when I lost my balance in awkward angle and almost fell on it 😬😁. I had been trying to photograph these fast buggers previously for few different days, so was happy to at least get these decent shots of it.
Found from the northern parts of Europe, North America, Asia, Russia, from open, dry, sandy soil (coastal and land dunes) and rocky areas.
Oh and this is not a nymph, this and the other Trapezonotus adults have either long or short wings, like this one.

Uma fede-feda. #hemiptera

Been seeing these little guys around the last few days. Not sure what it is, some type of true bug. (A quick google search didn't yield an exact result.)
#truebug #hemiptera

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#BroadHeadedSharpshooter #truebug #tinycreatures #macroinsect #insectmacro #insects_of_our_world #olloclip #macrolens #arthropodsanonymous
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order #Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder #Auchenorrhyncha (Free-living Hemipterans)
Superfamily Cicadoidea (Cicadas, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Family #Cicadellidae (Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Cicadellinae (Sharpshooters)
Tribe #Proconiini
Genus #Oncometopia
No Taxon (subgenus Oncometopia)
Species orbona (Broad-headed Sharpshooter)
#OncometopiaOrbona

Let’s take a break from bumblebees – as amazing as they are – and appreciate other insects.
.
If you ever feel pedantic, you can correct people who refer to all insects or creepy crawlies as ‘bugs’, because ‘true’ bugs only include those in the insect order of Hemiptera, such as shield bugs, cicadas, aphids, etc.
.
Apart from the obvious buzz of the pollinators in your garden, you might have noticed insects about ¾ inches long on your flowers that look a bit like the insect in the photo. I’m going to introduce you to a new group of insects – shield bugs (also known as stink bugs).
.
They’re called shield bugs as they have a shield-like triangular ‘scutellum’, which is the hardened extension of the thorax over the abdomen.
.
They’re also infamously known as stink bugs because they release a pungent liquid from special glands near their hind legs which smells awful (trust me on this, they also stain your hands sometimes) in order to fend off any potential predators.
.
Shield bugs often show parental care (unlike most of the other insects, which ditch their child as soon as possible) – some species would even sit on the eggs until they hatch in order to protect them from predators!
.
The insect in the photo above is the Forest Shield bug, also known as the Red-Legged Shieldbug. Shoutout to @sam_bakhshalian for finding it.
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#bug #stinkbug #Hemiptera #insect #insects #insectsofinstagram #bug #insecta #macro #closeup #nature #macro_freaks #macrolique #macro_highlight #macrophotography #macro_x #kings_insects #kf_macro #natgeo #macro_perfection #bpa_macro #macros_paradise #pocket_macro #vivomacro #hdmacros #icu_macro #jj_indetail #my_daily_macro #lensbible #macro_brilliance #macro_captures

My last two posts were in fact the forest bug or red legged shield bug, Pentatoma rufipes. And later today I met the full grown version! Thank you @rockwolf74 and Simon Robson for the correct ID 😊 #shield #bug #shieldbug #forestbug #redleggedshieldbug #hemiptera #lichen #yellow #red #insect #sixlegs #donnycarney #dublin #ireland #urbanwildlife #entomology

Edit: This is Pentatoma rufipes, the forest bug/red legged shield bug. Thanks for the correct ID, @rockwolf74! #shieldbug #redleggedshieldbug #forestbug #truebug #green #blue #ballawleypark #insect #hemiptera #sixlegs #shield

Edit: This is Pentatoma rufipes, the forest bug/red legged shield bug. Thanks for the correct ID, @rockwolf74! #shieldbug #redleggedshieldbug #forestbug #truebug #clover #trifolium #green #blue #stannespark #raheny #insect #hemiptera #sixlegs #shield

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