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Gorse shield bug

Piezodorus lituratus


Large shieldbug with two adult colour forms which are related to sexual maturity. Those emerging and mating in the spring are predominantly green, whereas the new generation appearing in the late summer have purple-red markings on the pronotum and corium. Although often associated with gorse, larvae also feed on broom, dyer's greenwood and other plants in the Genisteae, and have also been found on laburnum and clovers.


Spotted on Genistae bush. Mountains. Parque Natural de Somiedo


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec., f/10, ISO Speed Rating: 200. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired.

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arlanda 4 years ago

Thanks armadeus.4

armadeus.4 4 years ago

Beautiful bug! Great shots arlanda. Thank you for sharing :)

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Somiedo, Asturias, Spain

Spotted on Aug 17, 2016
Submitted on Feb 22, 2017

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