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                                                              Shield bugs, Pentatomoidea in the garden.

Information about bugs:

True bugs can be found both in and on water and on land. They also have a sucking mouthparts known as a rostrum. With this rostum they suck juices from all kinds. That can bee plants and seeds, but also insects and other animals. They belong to the order Hemiptera like aphids and cicadas.
The true bugs have forewings that are hardened at the base and membranous at the tips. They sit flat over the abdomen hiding the membranous hind wings. Hemiptera means “half wing.  They are held flat on the back, with the ends overlapping. (Hardened forewings like the beetles have, but the forewings of beetles meet together in a straight line on their back)   
The larva (nymph) resembles a miniature wingless adult, although their colour and markings may be very different. The nymphs  progress through a series of moults (known as instars) . The wings are developed in the last instar. ( incomplete metamorphosis, there is not a pupal stage). There are five instars.
In and near water, these families are on this website: Corixidae, Gerridae, Hydrometridae, Nepidae, Naucoridae, Notonectidae, Saldidae.
There are many families . Well known is the superfamily shield bugs - Pentatomoidea, which is divided into 14-15 families. Such as the family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae), the family Acanthosomatidae, the family Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae) and the family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).
Other true bugs families on this website are: Minute pirate bugs, Flower bugs ( Anthocoridae ) , Squash bugs, Leaf-footed bug ( Coreidae ) , Seed bugs, Ground bugs ( Lygaeidae ) , Plant bugs ( Miridae ) , Nabidae , Scentless plant bugs ( Rhopalidae ) , Reduviidae , Lace bugs (Tingidae ) .

On this page the bugs of the superfamily shield bugs, stink bugs - Pentatomoidea.
Bugs from the superfamily Pentatomoidea have a well-developed scutellum, which is often (not always) triangular in shape. The antennas usually with five segments.
The bugs have glands in their thorax between the first and the second pair of legs which produce a foul-smelling liquid. This liquid is used defensively to deter predators.

Family Acanthosomatidae.     Link to: All Acanthosomatidae in the Netherlands on "Waarneming".

Parent Bug, Motherly Shield Bug (Elasmucha grisea). Family Acanthosomatidae.

Parent Bug, Motherly Shield Bug (Elasmucha grisea). Family Acanthosomatidae.

Parent Bug, Motherly Shield Bug (Elasmucha grisea). Family Acanthosomatidae.

Parent Bug, Motherly Shield Bug (Elasmucha grisea). Family Acanthosomatidae. Parent Bug, Motherly Shield Bug (Elasmucha grisea). Family Acanthosomatidae.

The colours vary. Gray, green or red brown. On the scutellum is usually a black area.
They live in birch and alder.
The females take care for their eggs and larvae. They guard and protect them. The nymphs follow their mother.The females lay their eggs in a cluster on the underside of the leaves.
They hibernate as an adult. Length 6 - 9 mm.  Photos 5-6-2012, 10-6-2012.                         
It's a common species in many parts of the world. Rare and similar are: Elasmostethus minor. On a photo the difference is only seen at a segment of the abdomen. So far only found on Lonicera xylosteum. The very rare Elasmucha ferrugata, the pronotum is pointed and Elasmostethus fieberi,.
German: Fleckige Brutwanze  French: Punaise grise ou grisâtre.      
                                

Parent Bug, Motherly Shield Bug (Elasmucha grisea) nymph Family Acanthosomatidae. Parent Bug, Motherly Shield Bug (Elasmucha grisea) nymph Family Acanthosomatidae. Parent Bug, Motherly Shield Bug (Elasmucha grisea) nymph Family Acanthosomatidae. Parent Bug, Motherly Shield Bug (Elasmucha grisea) nymph Family Acanthosomatidae. Parent Bug, Motherly Shield Bug (Elasmucha grisea) nymph Family Acanthosomatidae.  
Nymphs of a parent bug, Elasmucha grisea. Photos 30-08-2009, 6-10-2008.

Elasmucha fieberi. Family Acanthosomatidae.

Elasmucha fieberi. Family Acanthosomatidae.

Elasmucha fieberi. Family Acanthosomatidae.  

Elasmucha fieberi. Family Acanthosomatidae. Elasmucha fieberi. Family Acanthosomatidae. Not in the garden but in the dunes about 4 km from our house.

It looks like the birch bug. They may be lighter than the bug in the picture. 
Differences according to Berend Aukema: E. fieberi is punctured deeper than E. grisea and also much more punctured on the abdominal segments. At the front corners of the pronotum is clearly a small tooth.

Photos 18-6-2013 and a paler one in 24-6-2015.

Elasmucha fieberi. Family Acanthosomatidae. At the front corners of the pronotum is clearly a small tooth.

Elasmucha fieberi - Veenbroedwants. Familie Acanthosomatidae, kielwantsen. Elasmucha fieberi. Family Acanthosomatidae.

This Elasmucha fieberi has two eegs on its oronotum of a tachinid fly (Tachinidae) of the subfamily. Photo 24-6-2015. 

Birch Shield Bug, Birch Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus). Family Acanthosomatidae.

Birch Shield Bug, Birch Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus). Family Acanthosomatidae.

Birch Shield Bug, Birch Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus). Family Acanthosomatidae.   

Birch Shield Bug, Birch Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus). Family Acanthosomatidae. Birch Shield Bug, Birch Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus).

They can be confused with the parent bug. They have no black spots along the edge of the body. They are green with red, reddish brown. The scutellum is also green with red, reddish brown..
Remarkably, the Birch Shield Bug has a kind of antifreeze in its body, making it survives harsh winter conditions. It  is therefore found in the entire Northern Hemisphere.
They live in birch. They are also found on aspen and hazel. In my garden I find them on other plants. But near the birch. Length: 9-11 mm.
A larger similar species is
Hawthorn shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale).
Elasmostethus minor is even more similar, but in the Netherlands they only live in South Limburg (in the Red Honeysuckle) They are very rare.
 
German: Bunte Blattwanze. 
Birch Shield Bug, Birch Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus). nymph Family Acanthosomatidae. Birch Shield Bug, Birch Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus). nymph Family Acanthosomatidae. Birch Shield Bug, Birch Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus). nymph Family Acanthosomatidae. Birch Shield Bug, Birch Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus). nymph Family Acanthosomatidae. Nymphs
Birch Shield Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus). 

Hawthorn shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)  Family: Acanthosomatidae

Hawthorn shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)  Family: Acanthosomatidae

Hawthorn shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)  Family: Acanthosomatidae

Hawthorn shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)  Family: Acanthosomatidae Hawthorn shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale). Family Acanthosomatidae.

The Hawthorn shieldbug looks similar to the Birch Shield Bug, Birch Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus), but it is much lager and more elongate. The lateral extensions of the pronotum are also larger  
It is shiny green with black spots and deep red markings.
The scutellum is green.

It can be seen in hedgerows, on the edges of woodlands
. It is feeding mainly on hawthorn berries. It will feed on leaves other deciduous trees, including oak, hazel and birch.
Length: 13 - 15 mm.

German: Wipfel-Stachelwanze  

Photos 3-7-2011.

Juniper Shieldbug (Cyphostethus tristriatus). Family: Acanthosomatidae. 

Juniper Shieldbug (Cyphostethus tristriatus). Family: Acanthosomatidae.

Juniper Shieldbug (Cyphostethus tristriatus). Family: Acanthosomatidae. 

Juniper Shieldbug (Cyphostethus tristriatus). Family: Acanthosomatidae. Juniper Shieldbug (Cyphostethus tristriatus). Family Acanthosomatidae.
 
I did not find it in my garden. A child found it in the classroom. (I am a teacher....thanks victor) But that day I had taken branches for Christmas from my garden. So maybe....

This bug also is similar to the bugs above. It has curved and distinctive pinkish-red markings on the back. 
Especialy in the Juniper (foodplant) Hence its name.

The adults hibernate.

Juniper Shieldbug (Cyphostethus tristriatus). Family: Acanthosomatidae.   On the other photos the bug is very well visible. But on this photo you can see, it has a good camouflage.                    German: Buntrock

Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).
The bugs of this family have a large triangular scutellum. Link to: All Pentatomidae in the Netherlands on "Waarneming".

 

Bishop's Mitre Shieldbug (Aelia acuminata). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Bishop's Mitre Shieldbug (Aelia acuminata). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Bishop's Mitre Shieldbug Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).
 

An elongated light brown bug with his body light and dark longitudinal stripes. The head is tapered. Because of the shape of the body it is called
Bishop's Mitre Shieldbug
It feeds on grasses. Here on a bamboo leaf in our garden. Nymphs feed on seeds of various grasses. 
Length: 7,8 - 9,3 mm. 
One generation in a year. The adult bug overwinters. 
Europe, Asia, Africa.  
Photos: 16-4-2014.

German: Getreidewanze, Spitzling.  

Aelia klugii. Onderfamilie Pentatominae. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).  Aelia klugii. Onderfamilie Pentatominae. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Aelia klugii. Onderfamilie Pentatominae. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Not in the garden but in the dunes about 4 km from our house.
 
Is very similar to Aelia acuminata. It is on average slightly smaller. A. acuminata has two black dots on the underside of the thighs, these dots lacks A Klugii. A Klugii a patch or lump at the front side of the 'nose'. The dark colors sometimes seem a little more contrasty.
It feeds on grasses.
Nymphs feed on seeds of various grasses. 
Length: 6.5-8.2 mm.
One generation per year. The adult bug overwinters.
Europe (not in Great Britain). Photos: 1-8-2016.
Chlorochroa pinicola Old name: Pitedia pinicola.  Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). 

Chlorochroa pinicola Old name: Pitedia pinicola.  Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Chlorochroa pinicola Old name: Pitedia pinicola.  Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Chlorochroa pinicola Old name: Pitedia pinicola.  Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).
 
I found it in the barn. Perhaps it looked for a place to overwinter.
In Noord-Holland this is the first sighting!

Olive to dark greenish brown with white edges.
Especially in the pines, but also in spruce. 
Length: 11 - 14 mm.

They overwinter as an adult.

Europe. Photos: 11-9-2011.

Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Bessenwants (Dolycoris baccarum). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

It feeds on berries (like berries from honeysuckle and blackberry bush) 
The hairy larvae (nymph) is often found on plants of the rose family.
The antennae have alternate dark and pale bands.
The colour is red to purplish, The connexivum (the border of the abdomen) is black and white checkered.  Length: 12-14 mm. 

Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum). nymph Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum). nymph Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).
A nymph of a Sloe bug. Photos 9-8-2009. 

German: Beerenwanze.  French: Punaise des baies, pentatome des baies.

Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea).  Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

The bug feeds on crucifers and may be harmful to cabbage. Here it is on Garlic mustard.    
You have them with red, white, pale yellow or pale blue spots.Length 6, 7 mm.
They overwinter as an adult.

Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Photo's 1-5-2010, 15-5-2010, 28-4-2014.

Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea). Nymphs, eggs. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea). Nymphs, eggs. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae) Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea). Nymphs. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea). Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Cabbage bug, Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea). Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Photos 4-7-2010, 12-7-2010.    German: Kohlwanze  French: Punaise potagère

Woundwort Shieldbug, Eysarcoris venustissimus. Old nam:e: Eysarcoris fabricii. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). 

Woundwort Shieldbug, Eysarcoris venustissimus. Old nam:e: Eysarcoris fabricii. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Woundwort Shieldbug, Eysarcoris venustissimus. Old nam:e: Eysarcoris fabricii. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Woundwort Shieldbug, Eysarcoris venustissimus. Old nam:e: Eysarcoris fabricii.  Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). 
In Noord-Holland this is the first sighting!

Partely grey, partely brown, bronze. 
The nymphs feed on Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica), but also with other plants in the mint family (Lamiaceae) likedead-nettle. Here on Common Hemp-nettle.

Length: 5 - 7 mm.
All year. 
Europe, Northern Africa. Photos: 24-6-2013.

Woundwort Shieldbug, Eysarcoris venustissimus. Old nam:e: Eysarcoris fabricii.  Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).  Photo 22-4-2014. On a deadnettle  German: Dunkler Dickwanst.

Striped Shield Bug (Graphosoma lineatum). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Striped Shield Bug (Graphosoma Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Striped Shield Bug (Graphosoma lineatum). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Striped Shield Bug (Graphosoma lineatum). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

A shield bug with black longitudinal stripes on a red body. The legs are almost entirely black. In the Netherlands, it cann't be confused with other bugs. In southern Europe there are more similar species. Graphosoma semipunctatum with interrupted black stripes on the pronotum and red legs. Graphosoma creticum a lighter species with less clear stripes (Crete). Graphosoma melanoxanthum (South Russia, Turkey, Iran)
Graphosoma lineatum is sometimes divided into two subspecies: Graphosoma lineatum italicum, the pictured species and Graphosoma lineatum lineatum, which has red legs and is sometimes more orange. Occurs in North Africa. If you search on the Internet, this gives quite often confusion.
The Netherlands the
Striped Shield Bug was a pretty rare bug, but it is now becoming more common. Yet this is the only time I've seen this bug bug in the garden
They often sit on Umbelliferae. In this case, a celery flower.
Size 8-11 mm.
The adults hibernate.
Photos 22-7-2007.
German:  Streifenwanze  French: Punaise arlequin, graphosome italien, scutellère rayée, pentatome rayé

Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).   

Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

A very common shield bug. A green bug. The 4th and 5th segments of the antennae are partially reddish.
I find them in many different plants, shrubs, trees.
They resemble the Nezara viridula. This bug has a pale wing membrane. The wing membrane of Newly-emerged adults green stink is pale too.
Adult: All year

Length 12-14 mm.
Palearctic

Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).  Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).  Photos 24-4-2010, 9-7-2012. Mating green stinkbugs.
German: Grüne Stinkwanze, Gemeine Stinkwanze, Gemeiner Grünling French: Punaise verte

Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina).Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).  Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). The first two photos of  the green shieldbug (Palomena prasina)  I have made 20 October. The clear green colour is disappearing. The second two photos on 10 November. When they hibernate (also the nymphs) they become brown. In spring they become green again.  
Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

On the first picture a young 2th instar nymph. The nymphs on the left are younger than the nymphs below. The very young nymphs have dark legs, later the colour of the legs will change into light green. In the pictures below you can see that the older nymphs are not as bright green. The nymphs born later in the year can be darker. At the 5th instar nymphs is the beginning of the wings already visible.
The nymphs of the green shieldbug are very similar to the nymphs of the Palomena viridissima. But in the Netherlands this bug is very rare. 

 
Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina). Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Forest bug (Pentatoma rufipes). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Forest bug (Pentatoma rufipes). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).    

Forest bug (Pentatoma rufipes). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Forest bug (Pentatoma rufipes). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

A large shiny brown shieldbug. It has orange legs and a yellow / orange spot on the scutellum. 
Characteristic are the square shoulders.
They are found in wooded areas. 
They are feeding on fruits. But they are also predatory. (insects, even
garden chafer) 
Length 13 - 15 mm.
July - December. The larvae hibernate. Photos 18-9-2011 en 11-9-2011.

Forest bug (Pentatoma rufipes). Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Forest bug (Pentatoma rufipes). Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Nymph 13-5-2014, 24-6-2014.
German:  Rotbeinige Baumwanze  French: Punaise à pattes rousses, Punaise des bois
Peribalus strictus. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Peribalus strictus. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Peribalus strictus. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Peribalus strictus. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Peribalus strictus. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Synonyms: Holcostethus strictus, Holcostethus strictus vernalis.

Like the striped shieldbug this bug lived originally in the south of Europe. Now it is becoming less rare in the Netherlands. It looks a bit like the sloe bug. The tip of the shield is white and the edge is black and white. The antennas of this bug are yellow-orange with a black top and black on the forth segment.
It  lives on various herbs.
Length 9 - 10 mm.
March - October
. Photos 2-6-2011.

Peribalus strictus. Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Nymph, 25-8-2015.

Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

 

Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

This bug resembles the green stinkbug. 
The bug in the photo is a young adult. In August, September is the new adult generation. In autumn its colour changes to red. In spring they are yellowish green.
The edge on the sides of the body is light green. Along the edge is a blue part. The antennae are orange.
It lives on lives on gorse and broom. I have read also lupin.
In our area are few observations of the Piezodorus lituratus. The adult hibernates. 
Length 10 - 13 mm.
Photo 21-8-2010.  German: Ginster-Baumwanze.  

Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). With a nymph (photo taken in the dunes) 23-9-2015.

Some True Shieldbugs I photographed in the dunes. This is a photo of the place I photographed the most of these bugs.

Small Grass Shieldbug (Neottiglossa pusilla). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Small Grass Shieldbug (Neottiglossa pusilla). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Small Grass Shieldbug (Neottiglossa pusilla). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Small Grass Shieldbug (Neottiglossa pusilla). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Small Grass Shieldbug (Neottiglossa pusilla). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).  Not in the garden but in the dunes about 4 km from our house.

A small brown bug. In the middle of a white center line. The whole bug is striking punctuated. The head is broad and short. The nymphs feed on grass.
Length: 4 - 5 mm.
They hibernate as an adult.
Throughout the year.

Europe, North Africa. Photos: 11-9-2013.

German: Dickkopfwanze. 

Picromerus bidens. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Picromerus bidens. Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Picromerus bidens. Nymph.Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Picromerus bidens. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Picromerus bidens. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Not in the garden but in the dunes about 4 km from our house.

The
Picromerus bidens is brown with a copper sheen. On the front of the pronotum.it has a 'thorn'. The last part of the scutellum is yellow. The antennae are orange.
The nymph is shiny grey black with pale bands around the legs. The abdomen of young nymphs are dark red. 

Length: 12 - 13 mm.
It overwinteras an egg, sometimes as a larva.
July - October. 

Palearctic, introduced in North America. Photos: 19-8-2013, 16-9-2013.

 

 

Heather Shieldbug (Rhacognathus punctatus). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Heather Shieldbug (Rhacognathus punctatus). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).  Not in the garden but in the dunes about 4 km from our house.

A dark bug with a metallic bronze sheen. The legs have white or orange red bands. It is a predatory bug. It is feeding mainly on heather beetles (Lochmaea suturalis) and the larvae of these beetles.
It is therefore in areas with heather.
Length: 7-9 mm.
Overwinters as an egg, larva sometimes.
Throughout the year.
Palearctic, introduced in North America. Photos: 19-8-2013.

Troilus luridus. Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Troilus luridus. Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). 

Troilus luridus. Nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Troilus luridus. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Troilus luridus. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Not in the garden but in the dunes about 4 km from our house.

The adult bug has an orange band around the antenna (like this nymph) and shiny brown. It is apredatory bug.
The nymph feeds on both larvae, caterpillars and plant juices. The head, pronotum and part below the pronotum is shiny and dark. On the side of the pronotum is a white part. The young nymphs are easily confused with some other nymphs.
(the last nymph left is younger).
Length: 10 - 12 mm.
 
Throughout the year. Europe. 
Photos: 3-9-2013, 27-9-2013, 24-10-2013. 

Zandschildwants (Sciocoris cursitans). Onderfamilie Pentatominae. Familie Pentatomidae, Schildwantsen

 

Zandschildwants (Sciocoris cursitans). Onderfamilie Pentatominae. Familie Pentatomidae, Schildwantsen Zandschildwants (Sciocoris cursitans). Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). Not in the garden but in the dunes about 4 km from our house.

A small brown shieldbug, with a round abdomen with an expanded checkered border (Connexivum). Similar to in the Netherlands very rare Sciocoris homalonous. (Found only in southern Limburg)
In hot, dry, sandy areas like the dunes.
Length: 4.5 to 6 mm.
Overwinters as an adult bug.
The greatest part of the year.
Europe. Photos: 23-8-2016.

Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae)  
Negro bugs, burrowing bugs, burrower bugs (Cydnidae) They don't have the shoulders of the stink bugs. They look like beetles. The legs have spines.

Borstelige doornwants (Byrsinus flavicornis, synoniem Aethus flavicornis). Familie Cydnidae, Doornwantsen.

Borstelige doornwants (Byrsinus flavicornis, synoniem Aethus flavicornis). Familie Cydnidae, Doornwantsen.

Borstelige doornwants (Byrsinus flavicornis, synoniem Aethus flavicornis). Familie Cydnidae, Doornwantsen.

Borstelige doornwants (Byrsinus flavicornis, synoniem Aethus flavicornis). Familie Cydnidae, Doornwantsen. Byrsinus flavicornis, synonym Aethus flavicornisFamily Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae). Not in the garden but in the dunes about 6 km from our house.

A small brown black bug with a metallic sheen. It is recognizable by the long hairs and the bristles on the outer edge of the head.
It is very similar to the Microporus nigrita. One difference is that in this burrower bug, there are also two bristles on the 'nose'. In Byrsinus flavicornis there are two long hairs.
Both species live for the most part under the sandy soil, where they suck on the roots of grasses. In the spring they come up for mating. The adult bugs overwinters. In the Netherlands, they are found in the dunes.
Length 2.5 - 4 mm. Photos 27-10-2015.

Borstelige doornwants (Byrsinus flavicornis, synoniem Aethus flavicornis). Familie Cydnidae, Doornwantsen. Detail.

Legnotus limbosus. Family Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae).

Legnotus limbosus. Family Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae).

Legnotus limbosus. Family Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae).

Legnotus limbosus. Family Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae). Legnotus limbosus. Family Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae).

Legnotus limbosus is a small black bug with a metallic sheen. Along the shield it has a pale edge.
It is similar to the Legnotus picipes. A difference is the square notch at the front of the head, which only has Legnotus limbosus. Associated with bedstraws (Galium)
Adult: All year
Length 4 to 5 mm.

Photos 29-4-2010.

Legnotus limbosus. Family Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae). Three years later: 5-5-2013

 

 

Pied shield bug (Tritomegas bicolor)  Family Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae)  

Pied shield bug (Tritomegas bicolor)  Family Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae)  

 

Pied shield bug (Tritomegas bicolor)  Family Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae)   Pied shield bug (Tritomegas bicolor)  Family Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae)  

The Pied shield bug looks a bit like the cabbage bug. That bug is from another family. The pied shield bug is always black white spots. 
It is very similar to the much rarer Tritomgas sexmaculatus. The white spots of this bug on the pronotum are much tighter.
Since May, the eggs are deposited. They can be found  in the herb layer. The main host plants are white dead nettle and black horehound.
The adult bug overwinters.
Length 5 to 7 mm.
It is both in Europe and the Netherlands a general bug. Also in North Africa, Central Asia

Photos 17-4-2011   Nymph Pied shieldbug Pied shield bug (Tritomegas bicolor) nymph Photo 10-7-2011

Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).

Eurygaster testudinaria.  Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).

Eurygaster testudinaria.  Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).

Eurygaster testudinaria.  Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).

Eurygaster testudinaria.  Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae). Eurygaster testudinaria.  Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).

I found a young nymph in the garden, which surprised me, because up until now I had only seen the Eurygaster testudinaria in the dunes. I have kept it with grasses and flowers of grasses and I've taken pictures, when it was grown. As an adult it got it's freedom again in the garden. I also have taken photos of three shed skins on graph paper.

Eurygaster Maura is very similar. Eurygaster testudinaria has slightly wider / more pointed shoulders and a sunken tylus (Tylus is the line between the cheeks). They are variable in colour (brown, red) and drawing (wide broad stripes on the back) is not always very visible. (like the Eurygaster on this photo) The scutellum is very large.
The bugs feed on juices of grasses, but also of other plants like this bug.
Length: 9-11 mm. Overwinters as an egg, as a larva sometimes.
Throughout the year. Europe, Asia. 
Photos: 30-8-2015.

 

Eurygaster testudinaria. Nymph, Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).   Eurygaster testudinaria. Nymph, Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).  Eurygaster testudinaria. Nymph, Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).  Eurygaster testudinaria. Nymph, Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).             Eurygaster testudinaria. Shed skin 1. Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).  Eurygaster testudinaria. Shed skin 2.  Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae). Eurygaster testudinaria. Shed skin 3. Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).  Eurygaster testudinaria.  Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).  A sunken tylus (Tylus is the line between the cheeks).  A sunken tylus (Tylus is the line between the cheeks). Photos nymph: 1-8-2015, 10-8-2015, 20-8-2015. Photos of a shed skin: 16-8-2015, 19-8-2015, 30-8-2015

The next Stink bugs are to be found on the page with French insects.

Rhaphigaster nebulosa nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).       Zicrona caerulea nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).       Carpocoris.  Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).
Staria lunata.  Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).       Eurydema ornata.  Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).       Odontotarsus.  Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).
1. Rhaphigaster nebulosa nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).
2. 
Zicrona caerulea nymph. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).
Carpocoris.  Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).
4. Staria lunata.  Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).  
5. Eurydema ornata.  Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae). 
6. Odontotarsus.  Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).

The next bugs I have photographed in Croatia in 2015.

1. Ancyrosoma leucogrammes.Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).         2. Holcostethus sphacelatus. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).      3. Psacasta exanthematica. Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).
1. Ancyrosoma leucogrammes. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).
2.
Holcostethus sphacelatus. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).
3. Psacasta exanthematica. Family Jewel bugs (Scutelleridae).  
         

Graphosoma semipunctatum. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).      Graphosoma semipunctatum. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).     Graphosoma lineatum. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).

Graphosoma semipunctatum. Family Stink bugs (Pentatomidae).  Photo 3: Underside of a Graphosoma lineatum, so you can see the difference.           

 

I want to thank Berend Aukema for the determination of many of my bugs.

A German site about bugs:  www.koleopterologie.de. A Danish site: www.miridae.dk  A British site: www.britishbugs.org.uk
Small cicadas: gallery.kunzweb.net
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