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Red Shouldered Bugs

Jadera haematoloma

Description:

Despite the fact that the soapberry bugs belong to the family of insects referred to as the scentless plant bugs, they are actually quite redolent. When disturbed, soapberry bugs release a pungent, odorous substance that discourages predation and renders them unpalatable (possibly even poisonous). It is thought that their bright coloration and strong odor serve to advertise their unpalatability to potential predators; this phenomenon, a common type of antipredator adaptation, is known as aposematism. Their aposematism is effective and permits them to fearlessly aggregate on trees, rocks, and man-made structures to sun themselves. These aggregations often consist of hundreds and sometimes even millions of soapberry bugs.



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2 Comments

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

Thank you Professor Luis :)

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Great spotting and info Jemma!

Concord, California, USA

Lat: 37.98, Long: -122.03

Spotted on Nov 14, 2013
Submitted on Nov 14, 2013

Spotted for mission

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