Thursday, 20 August 2009

Graphosoma Italicum Shieldbug

I'm always coming across a new insect which gets into my list of favourites, and in 2008 this brilliantly coloured little shield bug, the graphosoma italicum did just that, for no other reason that its colouring is so fantastic! They are not very big, perhaps 1cm from head to tail, and are fairly common, but not in the UK by all accounts. The ones I have seen have all been in France. The redder of the specimens here is in Brittany, while the pair (presumably mating), which are noticeably more orange in colour, are right on the south coast. The are both on the same plant as far as I can tell, so I'm wondering why the variation in colour - perhaps some kind of sub-species variation?

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