Green shield bug, SEM

Green shield bug, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Green shield bug. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a green shield bug (Palomena prasina). They are also called stink bugs because they discharge a foul-smelling fluid to discourage predators when disturbed. They have a compound eye on each side of the head (top left and right). The bug has two sensory antennae (centre to lower centre) and mouthparts (red), which are used to puncture the skin of fruits such as apples and pears on which they feed. Magnification: x85 when printed 10cm wide.

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Keywords: animal, coloured, green shield bug, herbivore, herbivorous, heteroptera, heteropteran, horizontal, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, noxious, palomena prasina, pentatomidae, poisonous, scanning electron micrograph, sem, stink bug, toxic, wildlife, zoology

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