Striped Bug

The Striped Bug (Graphosoma lineatum) is a small insect in the Pentatomidae family of shield bugs. It is also known as the Minstrel Bug or the Striped Stink Bug.

The Striped Bug has a roundish body with a large shield on its back, called a scutellum. Its upperbody is orangish, with wide, black, longitudinal stripes. Its pronotum (plate-like structure that covers the thorax) has six black bands. It has forewings (front wings) called hemelytra, and it also has hindwings (back wings). It has a sucking mouthpart.  Its antennae are black with five segments. It has six reddish-orange legs.

Striped Bug

It grows to about 1 centimetre (less than half an inch) long. The female is slightly larger than the male. 

The Striped Bug is native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. It prefers sunny and half-shaded areas in dry or humid habitats. The photographed Striped Bug was found in France. 

It is terrestrial, living on the ground. It feeds on plants, using its sucking and piercing mouthparts that extract the sap (juice) from leaves and branches. 

It has a bad taste, which deters its predators.

The female lays 10-15 eggs on the underside of plant leaves, which hatch into nymphs after 2-5 days. The nymphs are mostly brownish before they develop their orangish colour. 

Striped Bug
Striped Bug
Striped Bug
Striped Bug
Striped Bug

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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