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1st post after a few days away in the English lake district (Cumbria), some pictures to follow later.
This is a Hawthorn Shield Bug (Acanthosoma haemorrroidale). Seen here on a Forsythia leaf,having flown out of the front hedge of my mums house.
This is a sap sucking member of the Heteroptera family, the name of which means different wing, this is because the forewing is divided into 2 areas, the front half is hardened and coloured and the rear part is clear and flexable.They fold flat across the back giving rise to the common name of shield bug.this one is about 16mm / 1/2inch long.
They feed on sap from the berries of Hawthorn ( Crataegus), Oak (Quercus)leaves and Sorbus aria (Whitebeam), the hawthorn being its main food, because Hawthorn is the plant that makes up more than 75% of the English farm hedges because it is Stock/animal proof. They feed mainly on the sap from berries but when these are unavailable in the spring they suck sap from the young leaves.
There is no larvel form just eggs and then baby bugs which just get bigger. some of the other members of the family look after the eggs till they hatch,some even look after the babies for a while.
The picture was taken as it was getting dark so I used the flash to light it hence one or two highlights (not the effect of sharpening in photoshop)
Saturation +8 (and in green channel +5) lightness-4
brightness -3 contrast +3
sharpen edges and fade back to 75%
USM 79% X 1.9px radius X threshold 4
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