AlphabetPhoto: S is for Shield Bug

shield bug

Alternative name for a shield bug is stink bug. When threatened, some of the species emit a stink. My children love spotting these little insects. This one was outside the kitchen door. One of the advantages of photographing the bug was that we could magnify it at our leisure, without stressing it.

As we looked at the markings, we discussed the ridges, especially the brown part. It reminded us of fingerprints. I wonder if they are as unique to the individual bug as fingerprints are among humans.

It’s Wednesday, so joining in with Podcast’s #AlphabetPhoto. My S is for Shield bug.

10 thoughts on “AlphabetPhoto: S is for Shield Bug

  • Wednesday 17 September, 2014 at 11:32 am
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    I’ve never heard of stink bugs before, do they really stink? Reminds me of skunks! #alphahetphoto

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    • Wednesday 17 September, 2014 at 12:16 pm
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      Not sure if this type produce much of a stink, if any. Probably more akin to the bitter substance of a ladybird. North America seems to have the real stinkers!

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  • Wednesday 17 September, 2014 at 1:30 pm
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    I love insects and shield bugs are awesome little creatures! Fantastic photo! #AlphabetPhoto

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  • Thursday 18 September, 2014 at 6:56 am
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    We have those… and we call them stink bugs because they really do smell awful…
    Really only if you touch them, but there is nothing except time (lots of it) that gets
    rid of the smell on your fingers.

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  • Thursday 18 September, 2014 at 8:39 am
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    What a wonderful picture :). I didn’t know they produce a defensive spray.

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  • Thursday 18 September, 2014 at 8:43 am
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    Wow what clear photo! Amazing back! I havent seen them or I might I just dont know that it is them so next time I know who they are. #alphabetphoto

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  • Friday 19 September, 2014 at 3:34 am
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    Great photo, really interesting looking bug, not one I had heard of x #alphabetphoto

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  • Friday 19 September, 2014 at 10:40 am
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    I always wondered what these were. Great close up

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