Bill Phillips sent us a fascinating picture of a cluster of Parent Shield Bug
nymphs, with wing buds instead of fully formed wings, which he saw on a tree in Stonebow Washlands.
The black vine weevil was likely another Roman import; other vine weevils such as the southern green shield bug
and the unpopular harlequin ladybird have all arrived since 2000.
* Above, overall winner for the year Rhodri Llewellyn's snap of a shield bug
on buddleia and left, his image of the moment a sugar cube is dropped in coffee * A picture taken in Havana, Cuba, by Cardiff Camera Club member Ian Tucker
CLOSE UP Shield bug
on car, by Emily Nisbet-Forster LIFE AND DEATH Tim Mason's picture of a stoat leaving a rabbit hole WINTER WONDER Peter Tapsell's winning image of long-tailed tits feeding on peanut butter in his garden EYE FOR DETAIL Daniel McGibbon's fly photograph SPECIAL AWARD Hunting kingfisher by Keith Cochrane, at Gosforth Park nature reserve DIFFERENT FOCUS Ladybird hotspot, at Whitley Bay, by Shehram Rezai
"I catch myself gazing for minutes on end at yellow lichen on a stone, or a shield bug
scuttling in the grass, as a child will stare in wonder at a worm."
Insemination success discrepancy between long-term and short-term copulations in the provisioning shield bug
, Parastrachia japonensis (Hemiptera: Cydnidae).
Emily Nisbet-Forster, 13, of Morpeth, took second place with her photograph of a shield bug
, which she spotted on resting on her family's car.
In 2003, the southern green shield bug
(Nezara viridula), a sap-sucking insect which feeds on a wide range of plants and is particularly fond of vegetable crops like beans, was found for the first time breeding in the London area.
soft-bodied, green shield bug
. They sting through the pod to lay eggs in