Big-bad-bug in Badlands

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Tuesday 13 July 2010 17:08

I found this Forest Bug Pentatoma rufipes in Badlands last week. There is no other shield bug with shoulder projections with a rounded front edge (there is one with strongly pointed projections) so it is pretty easy to ID. I get this in moth traps quite a lot too. The other ID feature is the yellow (sometimes orange) tip to the huge scutellum that shield bugs have.
I can't wait to get back to work, only one more day to go and I can get onto our nature reserves! Fortunately, my back is feeling a lot better so it looks like all will be well although I think I am going to have to take things a little easier for a while.

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