New garden species




Graphosoma
lineatum ♀︎♂︎
-Fennel-

Last update: 5 March 2020
OBSERVATION:
2019-VII-26

A familiar face but one that I hadn’t seen in the garden yet, the decorative Graphosoma lineatum [1] shieldbug.

From one day to the other three specimen had found the blooming Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) plant in the garden, one of their hostplants [2]. These bugs always remind me of warm summer holidays in Southern Europe, so finding them in the garden was a nice surprise although they are common in the Netherlands.

Two out of three I’ve seen mating, the third was just hanging around on the Fennel.

Graphosoma lineatum ♀︎♂︎ on Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Graphosoma lineatum ♀︎♂︎ on Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Graphosoma lineatum ♀︎♂︎ on Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Graphosoma lineatum ♀︎♂︎ on Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

References

1 Nederlands Soortenregister

2 Binazzi, Francesco & Sabbatini Peverieri, Giuseppino & Simoni, Sauro & Frosinini, Riccardo & Fabbricatore, Tiziano & Roversi, Pio. (2015). An effective method for Graphosoma lineatum (L.) long-term rearing. Journal of Zoology.

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