of bark and farts

November 4, 2010

in Insects and Spiders

Hawthorn Shieldbug   |   Mesmerising Moments

It’s been blowing a gale from dawn until dusk, the wind’s kept the cats inside.

Chair-tired legs stretch on the sodden grass and let the stress of the day subside.

Sodden leaf litter sticks to waterproofed feet, grey stone prickle path softened by red, gold and green, scented with life and decay.

Re-planted to breakdown, to feed tiny critters, the birch log is falling apart. But sitting atop by the crumbling bark, the shieldbug could smell like a fart!

This photograph was taken during this Mesmerising Moment on a mobile phone camera.

Shieldbug species (or stinkbugs as they are often called) can be difficult to differentiate. The British Bugs website has a handy shield bug comparison guide that illustrates the life-stages of a variety of UK shieldbug species.

The shieldbug above is a Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale). You can find out more about this specific shieldbug on the British Bugs website too.

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