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Parent Bug

A parent bug, Elasmucha grisea (Hemiptera: Acanthosomatidae), with eggs on the underside of a birch leaf.  This species got its common name because it protects its young before and after they have hatched.  I followed this individual for several days but, sadly, it and the eggs disappeared before they hatched out.  Maybe a bird found it.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-05-28.

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