A Bug’s Life

Common Green Shieldbugs are (as the name suggests) quite common where I live. If you met a brand new one and an adult you’d be forgiven for thinking they were different kinds of bugs. They change a lot as they grow. They have multiple moults where they shed their exoskeleton to reveal the next stage…… Continue reading A Bug’s Life

Shieldbug Secrets

  Did you know that both these photos are of the same species of Shieldbug (Palomena prasina – the Common Green Shieldbug)? No? Neither did I until fairly recently when I discovered “instars” – these are phases the bug goes through between moults. So it moults off its exoskeleton and inside is a slightly more…… Continue reading Shieldbug Secrets