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 stageContinue 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 moreContinue reading “Shieldbug Secrets”