Hawthorn shield bug

Hawthorn shield bug

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Credit: ASTRID & HANNS-FRIEDER MICHLER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hawthorn shield bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale). The triangular shield on its back is formed from an enlarged scutellum (dorsal plate of cuticle). They are also called stink bugs because they emit a foul-smelling fluid when disturbed, as a defence against predators.

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Keywords: acanthosoma haemorrhoidale, animal, botanical, botany, hawthorn, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leaf, nature, plant pathology, shield bug, stink, wildlife, zoology

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