Bird's Eye View of Bute

Spiked Shield Bug

Spicked Shield Bug
Spicked Shield Bug
(2) Spiked Shield Bug
(2) Spiked Shield Bug
(3) Spiked Shield Bug
(3) Spiked Shield Bug
(4) Spiked Shield Bug
(4) Spiked Shield Bug

 

 

 The Spiked Shield Bug.


Roaming around, keeping my eyes open for things to write about, and there in front of my eyes was a wee bug, which I thought was easy to identify as I had seen a few before, so camera out, a few photos and then let it get on with its life and me with mine, as I can’t write about the same thing twice, or can I.

It would be great if the Buteman would let me re-send the articles that I wrote from 2001. This would give me a break for quite a while; actually it would let me have quite a few years off, as I have written 195 articles, but no. I would be bored to tears. I really enjoy what I do, and you the public enjoy reading them in the Buteman. Hardly a day goes by without people commenting on what may be in the paper each week. I would be embarrassed if they were praising me on something I wrote years ago, so onwards and outwards. I reserve the past for my website.
This wee bug which I identified as a Forest Shield Bug was duly sent to Glyn Collis the Moth Man. All that I find I send to him. He came back with. “This is not what you thought”. It is a Spiked Shield Bug, and is quite rare, with only one being recorded on Bute before, and even rarer on the Mainland. So if it was not for Glyn this would have ended up being put on to the Forest Bug folder and perhaps never to have seen daylight again. There is five of them in my book in my book, but not this one, so I thought it was the Forest one. Sending images for identification is good. As, no one is faultless especially me.
It is a queer wee bug, small in size 12 to 13.5mm, bearing in mind 25mm is only an inch, so it was tiny and had me thinking it was a young one. I sent an image to my friend in Australia; she said that it looks like it has swallowed pair of false teeth. Looking at the same area, another said that if you cover its front end it looks like another different bug and more vicious. Well we all see things differently?
They are predators and eat mostly caterpillars, but when there is a shortage of them they will turn to eating the sap from plants. If you can change your diet if, and when required, then you will survive. This not the case of some species. They only eat one thing and if none available they die out. This is why we are still here as we can jump from Mince and Tatties to Fish and Chips, or Irn Bru to Coke.
Well it only remains for me to find the rest of these wee bugs, but not sure if I will find more on Bute, but will keep trying, Thing is, the Winter is fast approaching and they will be finding a nice wee cosy spot , slow down their metabolism ( Heart Beats) and have a good sleep for months and months , and then spring arrives, and it starts all over again, lucky for some, if we don’t eat we die, It a tough life.


Norrie Mulholland.

First Published in the Buteman. 27-09-2013.

 

 

 


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