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    Shieldbug

    I spotted the large seed on this plant and began harvesting, ignoring the green leaves in my peripheral vision, until they started running (fast)

    I managed to grab a piccy.

    4th instar Palomena prasina - The Green Shieldbug ( yes it really is a bug)

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/RY...jMaGj5pQ=w2400

    https://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heter.../p_prasina.jpg

    ID chart for anyone interested

    Shieldbug-p_prasina-jpg

    https://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heter.../p_prasina.jpg
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    Interesting looking little bug. Do they eat plants?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plant Heathen View Post
    Interesting looking little bug. Do they eat plants?
    Usually yes. I think there are some predatory species but they're much rarer.
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    They're true bugs and as such they do not have chewing mouth parts so they don't actually eat the plants. They suck sap therefore more like a vampire. I find them regularly but I've never, to my knowledge, seen any damage they've caused.
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