Shield bug

Shield bug

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Credit: DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Shield bug. High-speed photograph of a shield bug (superfamily Pentatomoidea) in flight. Shield bugs usually possess two sets of wings, the forewings and the hindwings. The forewings are divided into two regions; a tough, leathery area attached to the body (dark green, upper centre) and a veined, membranous tip (upper right). This arrangement is characteristic of the Heteroptera (different- winged) group to which the bugs belong. The hindwings (light green, upper centre and centre left), in contrast, are completely membranous. Shield bugs feed almost exclusively on plant juices, and are also known as stink bugs because of the pungent odours produced by some species.

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Keywords: animal, different-winged, flight, flying, heteropteran, high-speed photography, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, pentatomoidea, shield bug, wildlife, wings, zoology

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