Day 114 of 366 Day Project
“Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!”
How cool is this little guy which I spotted on a bush at Cotton Tree park on Anzac Long weekend.
Did you know that Scutelleridae is a family of true bugs. They are commonly known as jewel bugs or metallic shield bugs due to their often-brilliant coloration.
They are also known as shield-backed bugs due to the enlargement of the last section of their thorax into a continuous shield over the abdomen and wings. This latter characteristic distinguishes them from most other families within Heteroptera, and may lead to misidentification as a beetle rather than a bug.
These insects feed on plant juices from a variety of different species, including some commercial crops. Closely related to stink bugs, they may also produce an offensive odour when disturbed. There are around 450 species worldwide.
Pretty amazing when you get up close and personal don’t you think?
Next time you spot a bug or insect, I challenge you to lean in and get a closer look. I guarantee you’ll be surprised and amazed by these creatures as much as I am.