Dear Readers, as you might expect with a name like Bugwoman, I am very fond of bugs. Although in North America any ‘creepy crawly’ is often called a bug, the name actually means a member of the order Hemiptera – all bugs have mouthparts adapted for sucking juices, usually from plants, but occasionally from other animals. As a result, in spite of my love for them as a group, even I have to admit that bugs are some of the gardener’s most aggravating little companions.
So, your mission this week is to have a look at the critters pictured below, and see if you can put a name to them. I have tried to pick bugs where the common name will give you a clue, even if you’ve never stumbled across the bug yourself. Just match the species name to the photo, and pop your answers in the comments as usual. You have until 5 p.m UK time on Friday 1st April to have a go, and the results will be published on Saturday 2nd April. I will disappear your answers as soon as I see them.
So, if you think that the bug in Photo A is a Hawthorn Shieldbug, your answer is A) 1
- Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemoprrhoidale)
- Parent Shieldbug (Elasmucha grisea)
- New Forest Cicada (Cicadetta montana)
- Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius)
- Rhombic Leatherbug (Syromastus rhombeus)
- Rhododendron Leafhopper (Graphocephala fennahi)
- Bedbug (Cimex lectularius)
- Common Green Capsid Bug (Lygocoris pabulinus)
- Water Measurer (Hydrometra stagnorum)
- Common Pondskater (Gerris lacustris)
- Common Water Boatman (Corixa Punctata)
- Water Scorpion (Nepa cinerea)