23 Jun 2018 The Rainbow Shield Bug – By Ranger Dean Wilkinson
I thoroughly enjoy the little things in nature, so I am glad to share some info on this beautiful insect, for NATIONAL INSECT WEEK.
Most people perceive bugs to be commonplace creepy-crawlies that belong outdoors. Interestingly, bugs form their own order of the insect family and are easily identified by their straw-like mouth formations called stylets, used to extract juices from plants.
Bugs also have plate-like shields protecting their bodies. The Rainbow Shield Bug (Calidea dregii) has a particularly striking body-covering making it one of the most beautiful insects you will see. While the underside of the bug is red, the brilliant blue-green back shimmers in the sunlight.
Rainbow Shield bugs are about 1.5cm long and can be found in summer, in small groups while feeding on a variety of plants and flowers.