The Green Shieldbug, commonly seen in gardens as well as the wider countryside, overwinters as an adult. Although usually conspicuously green, in the autumn they darken and become well-camouflaged as they hibernate amongst dead leaves. When they become active again in the spring, they gradually return to their green colouration.
Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina, New Parks, 8 November 2015 ©Rosemary Winnall
These 2 pond skaters appear to be feasting on the leaf hopper Cicadella viridis. It reminds me that we haven’t got a lot of pond skater records for Wyre and should aim to rectify that in the near future.
Pond Skaters eating a leaf hopper, Postensplain, 25 July 2015 ©Jon Cartwright
Metatropis rufescens is found on Enchanter’s Nightshade (Circaea lutetiana) during the summer and this one was found in Cleobury Coppice on 5th September 2012. This heteropteran bug, a distinctive member of the family Berytidae, overwinters as an adult.