More Shieldbugs

A couple of interesting photos today, the first is also a first for me as it is a teneral adult Birch Shieldbug. The teneral stage occurs when the final instar nymph moults into an adult and the exoskeleton has not yet hardened and it is very pale in colour. The first picture is the teneral and the second is a mature adult for comparison.

The third photo is of a pair of Parent Bugs mating  to produce what I understand to be a second brood at this time of year. I am told that the female mates with a different male to the one of the first brood.

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