Coloured SEM of a shield bug (Elasmostethus sp.)

Coloured SEM of a shield bug (Elasmostethus sp.)

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Caption: Shield bug feeding. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a shield bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus) feeding on a leaf. Its tube-like proboscis (green) can be seen tapping into the leaf beneath its triangular head (centre left). Its small compound eyes (pink) can also be seen, along with its two long antennae. Its wings are seen lying flat against its body, with one placed on top of the other. This arrangement is a characteristic of the sub-order Heteroptera, to which these bugs belong. Shield bugs feed almost exclusively on plant juices, as seen here. Magnification: x4 at 6x7cm size. x8.5 at 5x7 inch size.

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Keywords: animal, elasmostethus interstinctus, feed, feeding, feeding on leaf, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leaf, nature, on leaf, shield bug, shield bug feeding on, type, wildlife, zoology

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