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Picromerus bidens - Lunch Being one of the (mostly) predatory Asopinae, Picromerus bidens has a preference for caterpillars and other soft larvae. Asopinae,Heteroptera,Pentatomidae,Pentatomoidea,Picromerus,Picromerus bidens Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Picromerus bidens - Lunch

Being one of the (mostly) predatory Asopinae, Picromerus bidens has a preference for caterpillars and other soft larvae.

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  1. Funny, seeing almost all photos of such bugs in isolation, I never put much thought into what they feed on. Cool collage! Posted 11 months ago
    1. Ah, you may also like this topic for Arma custos then :o)
      https://forum.waarneming.nl/smf/index.php?topic=398581.msg2120395#msg2120395
      Posted 11 months ago
      1. That is awesome and so surprising, I never imagined them to be such carnivores! Posted 11 months ago
        1. Assassin bugs (Reduviidae) and the Damsel bugs (Nabidae) have the name of course, but almost all Asopinae (subfamily of the Pentatomidae) are predators too, as well as most Anthocoridae, but also some of the "Plant bugs" (Miridae)! Some are quite specific in their menu and hence depend on the presence of their prey species, such as Rhacognatus punctatus that basically just hunts the Heather beetle (Lochmaea suturalis) or the Anthocoris butleri that only feeds on Psylla buxi ("Boxwood Psyllid"). Others are clearly less picky about their food :o) Posted 11 months ago, modified 11 months ago

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''Picromerus bidens'' is a carnivorous species of shield bug in the family Pentatomidae. A large and distinctive predatory shieldbug, which has unmistakable thorn-like projections on the front of the pronotum.

It has a wide distribution in the Palaearctic, from 64°N to North Africa and from the British Isles to China. It has also been introduced, probably more than once, to North America, where it has been recorded from more than 180 sites .

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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Uploaded Oct 11, 2018.