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Palomena prasina
Palomena prasina


Green shield bug
The green shield bug (Palomena prasina) is widespread in Europe and is one of the most frequently occurring members of the Pentatomidae family. It is characteristic of these bugs to discharge foul smelling secretions when they are in danger.
Green shield bug - Front view
Green shield bug - Front view
The adult insects reach a length of 12 to 15 mm. They are green-brown to bronze in colour. However after the winter, their colouration is light green. Their bodies are covered in small dimples and spots, their feet are brownish in colour, and the outer edges of their wing covers are yellowish.
Green shield bug - Top view
Green shield bug - Top view
The green shield bug does not overwinter in the larva state. Mating and egg-laying take place in early summer. A female lays up to 100 eggs. The larvae hatch and go through 5 phases of development, becoming adults in September. During these phases of development the larvae remain together.
Green shield bug in autumn colors
Green shield bug in autumn colors
The green shield bug is mainly found in hedges and on the foliage of trees. Linden, alder, thistles and nettles are the preferred food source of the green shield bug.

The defence secretions of this bug can causeallergic reactions in humans.
Green shield bug - Larva - Early stage
Green shield bug - Larva - Early stage
Palomena prasina - Larva - Early stage
Palomena prasina - Larva - Early stage
Palomena prasina - Larva
Palomena prasina - Larva
Green shield bug - Advanced larval stage
Green shield bug - Advanced larval stage
Haed of a Green shield bug
Haed of a Green shield bug
Green shield bug - Head
Green shield bug - Head


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1. Palomena prasina
2. Green shield bug - Front view
3. Green shield bug - Top view
4. Green shield bug in autumn colors
5. Green shield bug - Larva - Early stage
6. Palomena prasina - Larva - Early stage
7. Palomena prasina - Larva
8. Green shield bug - Advanced larval stage
9. Haed of a Green shield bug
10. Green shield bug - Head
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