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Immature (late instar) shield bug (Carpocoris mediterraneus atlanticus) resting on a grass seedhead. An instar is the developmental stage of an arthropod between each moult, until sexual maturity is reached. This species of shield bug is widespread throughout the Mediterranean region. Photographed in Sardinia, Italy, in August.
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