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Macro Wednesday Dolycoris baccarum (Sloe Bug) – Hairy Shieldbug Family: Pentatomidae

Dolycoris baccarum Hairy Shieldbug
Family: Pentatomidae

A large and distinctive purple-brown and greenish shieldbug which is covered with long hairs. The antennae and connexivum are banded black and white. During the winter, the ground colour becomes uniformly dull brown.

This bug overwinters as an adult, emerging in the spring. Larvae, which are also hairy, may be found on numerous plants, particularly those in the Roasaceae. The new generation is complete from August onwards.

Common and widepsread in many habitats throughout Britain, particularly hedgerows and woodland edges, becoming scarcer and mainly coastal in the north.

Adult: All year
Length 11-12 mm

2 responses

  1. Fun to see the shieldbug only in color, Nigel, it really highlights his beauty.

    May 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    • Thank you jet 🙂 , the greens of the background were a bit distracting , it was fun working out the best way to highlight this great little bug , thank you for letting me know you liked the finished results 🙂

      May 17, 2017 at 8:08 pm

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