More sloe bugs

The picture of sloe bugs is interesting. I photographed the insects in the attached picture two years ago, in mid-April. There were far more of them than are shown in the image and they were crawling all over the vegetation in one small area. The insects were photographed in Pembrokeshire on an overgrown rockery.

At the time, I tried to identify them but I wasn’t successful. I believe they are of the same species as the ones that John photographed. I think the insects are being attracted to each other rather than to a particular plant. I guess that one or more of them are sending out chemical signals to attract mates.

Sloe bug (Dolycoris baccarum)

Sloe bug (Dolycoris baccarum)

Sloe bugs on stinking helibore at Brockadale

A walk round Brockadale today produced lots of early purple orchids and cowslips as well as spring migrants and butterflies. Up near the open beech woodland we found the stinking helibore that Colin sent in a record of earlier this year. Although the flowering is over, what was very interesting is that the plant was covered in brightly coloured shield bugs mating and fighting. I have identified these as sloe bug but I have no idea why they were so attracted to that single plant but there must have been 50-60 insects on it. Here are a few photos, more from my Brockodale trip over on my website – Wildscenes

sloe bug (Dolycoris baccarum)

sloe bug (Dolycoris baccarum) also known as hairy bug

loe bug (Dolycoris baccarum)

sloe bug (Dolycoris baccarum) also known as hairy bug