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Bagrada Bug A major pest of crops such as cabbages etc. This pair was found on just some grass with no crops nearby so I was happy to be able to just enjoy its beauty without worry! Bagrada hilaris,Fall,Geotagged,Pentatomidae,Pentatomoidea,South Africa,Stenozygum,Strachiini,bagrada hilaris,bugs,insects Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Bagrada Bug

A major pest of crops such as cabbages etc. This pair was found on just some grass with no crops nearby so I was happy to be able to just enjoy its beauty without worry!

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  1. Claire, you should be very proud of this one. Captured like a macro pro! Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thank you Ferdy. It was not an easy shot as the little critters would not keep still and it was fierce sunshine, so I am pretty pleased with the result! Posted 6 years ago
      1. You should be. The focus is perfect and the exposure and lighting gorgeous. Well done! Oh, and the contest for April is open. Care to join? Post a comment here:

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        Posted 6 years ago
  2. They are quite handsome insects! I love their design. Great capture, Claire! Posted 6 years ago, modified 6 years ago
  3. That's where my sunglasses went..(great pic, by the way) Posted 5 years ago
  4. Just stumbled on this one and had a closer look. I don't really think it's a Bagrada, but rather some Stenozygum. It looks close to Stenozygum coloratum but there are some other congeners in South Africa too and I don't have the documentation to identify those.
    Have a look at these documents:
    Robertson (2009) The Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) of Sub-Saharan Africa : a database.
    Link: http://repository.naturalis.nl/document/228798
    and
    Samra et al. (2015) Development, reproduction, host range and geographical distribution of the variegated caper bug Stenozygum coloratum (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae).
    Horrible looking link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272354508_Development_reproduction_host_range_and_geographical_distribution_of_the_variegated_caper_bug_Stenozygum_coloratum_Hemiptera_Heteroptera_Pentatomidae
    Posted 2 years ago

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''Bagrada hilaris'' is a species of shield bug known by the common names bagrada bug and painted bug . It could be mistaken for or erroneously referred to as harlequin bug. It is native to much of eastern and southern Africa and parts of southern Europe and Asia. It is known elsewhere as an introduced species, including California and Arizona, where it was first reported in 2008. It is a major pest insect of ''Brassica oleracea'' crops and related crucifers such as turnips, rape and mustard. The.. more

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Species identified by Claire Hamilton
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Uploaded Mar 31, 2014. Captured Mar 29, 2014 14:49 in Unnamed Road, South Africa.
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • f/8.0
  • 1/128s
  • ISO160
  • 100mm