Country diary: it is not just the pretty stinkbugs who are going scrumping

Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: A small tree with bright red apples and emerging ivy flowers is humming with hoverflies, droneflies, greenbottles, solitary bees and waspsIt looks as though it carries a switch; its wings are folded in a triangle within the yellow and black warning guards; its scarlet legs carry it over surfaces into open sunlight without fear of attack; its antennae pick up signals from mysterious sources. This is a red-legged or forest shieldbug, Pentatoma rufipes, basking on a log in the sunshine. It has a defensive strategy that its distinctive shape and colours advertise to potential predators. If I… Source – Full Article