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Striped shield bug

Graphosoma lineatum

Description:
About 10 millimetres long, this bug is easily recognisable by its black and red stripes, which warn predators of its unpleasant taste. If the bug feels threatened, it secretes a foul-smelling liquid, from which it gets is common name of “stink bug”.

Habitat:
Shield bugs thrive in large numbers in warm, sunny areas across most of Europe.

Habits:
The bugs can be observed between May and September. They feed on sap from various plants, mainly umbellifers such as cow parsley.

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