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When mysterious eggs hatched Yesterday morning when I was watering those plants I checked that leaf on which eggs were laid and I saw these tiny bugs and I was so excited to record them. I know nothing about these tiny gems except for the fact that they are some species of shield / stink bugs.<br />
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egg stage <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/95137/mysterious_eggs.html" title="Mysterious eggs"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/1843/95137_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1605744010&Signature=5socZmCdnzMoSDe63pzxBkzkXBo%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Mysterious eggs 4 days from now, I saw these eggs in my mom&#039;s kitchen garden and I searched for the species. Learnt from few entemology friends they belong to bugs of sub-family Pentatomidae which has 900+ genus and 4700+ species so I stopped my search then and there and decided to wait for them to hatch.<br />
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When these mysterious eggs hatched https://www.jungledragon.com/image/95138/when_mysterious_eggs_hatched.html<br />
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5 days development https://www.jungledragon.com/image/95752/transformation_of_shield_bugs.html Abhijeet Jagtap,Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap,Erthesina fullo,Geotagged,India,Nikon D5600,Pentatomidae,Spring,Yellow-spotted Stink Bug,abhitap1991,insects,nikon" /></a></figure><br />
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5 days development <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/95752/transformation_of_shield_bugs.html" title="Transformation of shield bugs"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/1843/95752_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1605744010&Signature=cNTF215dcvXy4fzo37k3HC1vcfw%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Transformation of shield bugs Recently I posted a picture of Shield Bug eggs and the freshly hatched juveniles. Hatching was shot on 1st of June and this is the update after 5 days. They went under molting process and you can see the discarded exoskeleton on the cluster of eggs. Also, this was the last time I saw them. It is so amazing to see their transformation from eggs to freshly hatched juveniles and to this completely transformed adult stage.<br />
Look at the size of juveniles and compare it with the current size and all this in just 5 days.<br />
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Freshly hatched juveniles https://www.jungledragon.com/image/95138/when_mysterious_eggs_hatched.html<br />
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eggs https://www.jungledragon.com/image/95137/mysterious_eggs.html Abhijeet Jagtap,Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap,Erthesina fullo,Geotagged,India,Insects of India,Maharashtra,Mumbai,Pentatomidae,Shield Bugs,Spring,Stink Bugs,Yellow-spotted Stink Bug,abhitap,abhitap1991,dhanmill naka,incredible india,incredibleindia" /></a></figure> Abhijeet Jagtap,Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap,Erthesina fullo,Geotagged,Incredible India,India,Macro,Nikon,Nikon D5600,Spring,Tamron,Tamron AF 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2,Yellow-spotted Stink Bug,incredibleindia Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

When mysterious eggs hatched

Yesterday morning when I was watering those plants I checked that leaf on which eggs were laid and I saw these tiny bugs and I was so excited to record them. I know nothing about these tiny gems except for the fact that they are some species of shield / stink bugs.


egg stage

Mysterious eggs 4 days from now, I saw these eggs in my mom's kitchen garden and I searched for the species. Learnt from few entemology friends they belong to bugs of sub-family Pentatomidae which has 900+ genus and 4700+ species so I stopped my search then and there and decided to wait for them to hatch.<br />
<br />
When these mysterious eggs hatched https://www.jungledragon.com/image/95138/when_mysterious_eggs_hatched.html<br />
<br />
5 days development https://www.jungledragon.com/image/95752/transformation_of_shield_bugs.html Abhijeet Jagtap,Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap,Erthesina fullo,Geotagged,India,Nikon D5600,Pentatomidae,Spring,Yellow-spotted Stink Bug,abhitap1991,insects,nikon


5 days development
Transformation of shield bugs Recently I posted a picture of Shield Bug eggs and the freshly hatched juveniles. Hatching was shot on 1st of June and this is the update after 5 days. They went under molting process and you can see the discarded exoskeleton on the cluster of eggs. Also, this was the last time I saw them. It is so amazing to see their transformation from eggs to freshly hatched juveniles and to this completely transformed adult stage.<br />
Look at the size of juveniles and compare it with the current size and all this in just 5 days.<br />
<br />
Freshly hatched juveniles https://www.jungledragon.com/image/95138/when_mysterious_eggs_hatched.html<br />
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eggs https://www.jungledragon.com/image/95137/mysterious_eggs.html Abhijeet Jagtap,Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap,Erthesina fullo,Geotagged,India,Insects of India,Maharashtra,Mumbai,Pentatomidae,Shield Bugs,Spring,Stink Bugs,Yellow-spotted Stink Bug,abhitap,abhitap1991,dhanmill naka,incredible india,incredibleindia

    comments (14)

  1. Check out the Yellow-spotted Stink Bug (Erthesina fullo) in its immature/nymph form. It looks like a pretty close match!
    https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/359008-Erthesina-fullo/browse_photos
    Posted 4 months ago
    1. Wow... Yes, it is. Thanks for helping me out. Posted 4 months ago
      1. No problem! I can create the species if you'd like. It seems like it isn't in our database yet! Posted 4 months ago
      2. I went ahead and created the species profile. Feel free to identify now! Posted 4 months ago
        1. Wow, thanks a lot again :-) :-D Posted 4 months ago
  2. Stunning image, Abhijeet! Posted 4 months ago
    1. Thanks :-) Posted 4 months ago
  3. Brilliant, one of the coolest insect/egg shots I've seen! Posted 4 months ago
    1. Thanks!! This is inspiring :-) Posted 4 months ago
  4. A stunning shot. Posted 4 months ago
  5. That is a beautiful photo! Posted 4 months ago
  6. Great composition Posted 4 months ago
  7. Great to know ‘your’ babies have hatched

    and a super picture.
    Posted 4 months ago
  8. Today's Facebook post:

    “Babies” in nature! These cuties are yellow-spotted stink bug (Erthesina fullo) nymphs. Early instar nymphs aggregate closely around their hatched eggs until they reach their third instar. The reason for this aggregative behavior is partly speculative. Nymphal gregariousness may provide aposematic benefits by repelling predators. It is also hypothesized that this resting behavior may be required for the establishment of symbiotic bacteria in the nymphs’ midguts. Stink bugs are phytophagous, meaning they feed on plants, and they require symbiotic bacteria for digestion. The nymphs may acquire these bacteria by eating their chorion (eggshell), which their mother covered with the necessary bacteria.

    As beautiful as the nymphs are, the structure of their eggs is also quite remarkable. Females oviposit (lay) eggs in clusters. The eggs are barrel-shaped and have a subtle, yet striking, mosaic pattern. At the top of the egg is an operculum, which is sort of like a lid that lifts during hatching. Surrounding the operculum are tiny pores, called aeropyles, which enable gas exchange. Finally, at the top of each egg, you’ll notice a brownish, x-shaped mark. This is the spot where the nymphs pressed their egg-bursters to help crack the egg. When the first egg hatches, a vibration ripples through the other eggs causing them to hatch as well! Synchronized hatching! The embryos can actually discriminate between egg-hatching vibrations and other vibrations caused by wind and rain so that they only hatch in response to the appropriate frequency. It’s assumed that hatching in synch protects clutch-mates from being cannibalized by their siblings. {Spotted in India by JungleDragon user, abhitap} #JungleDragon #Insecteggs #Erthesinafullo #StinkBugEggs

    https://www.facebook.com/jungledragonwildlife/
    Posted 4 months ago

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A species of stinkbug in the family Pentatomidae.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by abhitap
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By abhitap

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Uploaded Jun 4, 2020. Captured Jun 1, 2020 10:51 in Dhan Mil Naka, Alfiston West, Jagannath Bhatankar Marg, Parel Bus Depot, Dighe Nagar, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400025, India.
  • NIKON D5600
  • f/13.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO100
  • 250mm