You may have noticed that my postings the past two weeks have been pretty sparse and clearly cursory. My family and I have been traveling though Belgium (visiting the three families who hosted my son during his recent yearlong Rotary exchange), France (visiting relatives) and the Netherlands (just passing through!). I debated whether to take the camera, but am really glad I did. There were many familiar species as well as a few new ones. I’ll be sharing some of what I encountered over the next few weeks. Here’s the first!
Found throughout southern Europe and central Asia, these highly visible stinkbugs are commonly found in association with umbelliferae such as Queen Anne’s Lace. The black stripes along the top of the insect transition to black spots along the underside. Interestingly, the majority of newly eclosed adults in late summer are cryptically colored (light brown with black stripes and black spots along the underside), blending with the dried stems and umbels of their host plants.
Sources: A Pocket Guide to Insects, Patrick Hook (British Field Guide)