Hawthorn Shield Bug

Each Spring, the return of the insects to my garden prompts me to dust off my macro lens. After that, it tends to be the default lens until Winter sets in once more. However, it always takes me a while to get my macro eye back in. This year, other commitments meant that I didn’t have much time for photography; a foray into the garden yesterday showed me that my macro eye is most definitely still out! Never mind, there’s always next year…
These shots of a hawthorn shield bug are from earlier in the year. One of the challenges with photographing insects in this country is most of them are so small. In warmer climes, there are big, chunky bugs to capture. These shield bugs are among the biggest I see in my garden, and they are still only 8-10mm when full grown.
I must confess that I was not 100% certain of my ID here and originally misidentified this as a birch shield bug. Β Thank you to Maria for the correction in the comments below.


That’s it, I’m off.

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    • Thanks, Maria. And thank you for the correction! I saw a reddish blush but you are right it is in the wrong place. It was hanging out on purple sage growing underneath hawthorn and birch trees. My planting plan obviously didn’t take into account my difficulties in bug identification!

  1. Ha ha! Well it’s nice to get such visitors in the garden anyway! πŸ™‚
    Only had the Green (Palomena prasina) in mine so far but I don’t have birch or hawthorn close by!

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