Friday, 28 August 2009

End of a Sawfly

The other day I showed the Shieldbug Picromerus bidens, which are predatory on caterpillars. This shot shows a sawfly larva being consumed tail-first by another specimen. The larva is about 3 cm. long and is suspended from the proboscis of the Shield Bug.

The original shot is much higher quality, but for some reason (speed?) Blogger always drops the quality of images.


Midmarsh John said...

A great capture Stuart. I have seen a few shield bugs around here but had no idea what they ate.

neil said...

Yikes, and there I was under the impression that all shield bugs were herbivores...great behaviour shot

Gill said...

What stops the larva dropping to the ground? Is the proboscis hooked or something?

Shame about the pixellating, I wonder why they do that? I've never noticed it so much before.

Stuart said...

I think the proboscis splits at the tip and hooks both left and right.