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

I managed to grab a piccy.

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

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/RYiGWhX1A3sVAFKHS9knNpH3hDg9L2HuMDrWvJcBbm48tETcfUKDCo2LqPLfVdwXzb3kQRdHoS0DbP-9jdMJaHoEhwXI_6ViVZejAkl18-mK5umeC0pLk7VEkuCfcuAbKIjMaGj5pQ=w2400

https://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/idcards/p_prasina.jpg

ID chart for anyone interested

p_prasina.jpg

https://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/idcards/p_prasina.jpg
 
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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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