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Tuesday, September 01, 2009


From the AES Bug Club mailing list:

"Can anyone identify these shieldbugs. I found three of them in my mothtrap this morning [1st Sept] The largest measures 18mm. I am located in VC14 Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex".


Andrew D. Gable said...
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Andrew D. Gable said...

That looks to be an immature consperse stink bug, normally native to North America. Interesting it's reached the UK. They're quite a nuisance here in the States - they used to infest my old apartment.

Jon Downes said...

DEREK WRITES: I have traced an id from the Hastings Wildlife site. They are Western conifer Seed Bugs recent colonizers of coastal SE England. Handsome creatures.