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Shield Bug Nymphs

Pentatomidae

Description:

These two little nymphs of the Pentatomidae family are the first two to hatch of the clutch. As nymphs, they are hard to match to a direct species of shield bug but the eggs are pretty uniform in appearce looking like little cylinders. The two recenty hatched eggs can be seen with their lids now open. The eggs were laid on the underside of a blackberry plant in a secluded spot in the shade.

Habitat:

Diverse with most seen in gardens with food plants.

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10 Comments

Tukup
Tukup 2 years ago

Just now saw this Michael. Great shot & belated congratulations on a well-deserved SOTW.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 2 years ago

Manny thanks triggsturner. Very lucky find :)

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 years ago

Fascinating Michael. Congrats on your SOTW, well deserved.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 2 years ago

Thank you so much Daniele and the PN team for the SOTW. Very glad to share these little guys! Thank you Antonio for you kind words.

Awesome find Michael,very cool,congrats on the welldeserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulations Michael, your Shield Bug nymphs and eggs have been voted Spotting if the Week:

Two nymphs and a clutch of eggs make our Spotting of the Week! Stink bugs and shield bugs in the family Pentatomidae (Heteroptera) generally produce a clutch of densely packed eggs, usually located on the underside of leaves of host plants. Recently hatched nymphs are often seen aggregated near or on their egg clutch. Project Noah member Michael Strydom writes: "These two little nymphs of the Pentatomidae family are the first two to hatch of the clutch. As nymphs, they are hard to match to a direct species of shield bug but the eggs are pretty uniform in appearance looking like little cylinders. The two recently hatched eggs can be seen with their lids now open. The eggs were laid on the underside of a blackberry plant in a secluded spot in the shade".

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Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 2 years ago

Thank you Ashley for the nomination and thank you Maria and Niel for your kind support. I hope you all have a great weekend!! :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

Very nice that you were able to "capture" them just after emerging!

AshleyT
AshleyT 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

That is awesome. Great photo too. Well spotted, Michael.

Michael Strydom
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Michael Strydom

Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 22, 2019
Submitted on Jan 22, 2019

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