|Sloe bug, Dolycoris baccarum. Adult. Orchid Bank, High Elms Country Park, 30 July 2011.|
The hairs are much more noticeable in the earlier stages of its growth. Below are two earlier instars.
Despite the name, these bugs don't feed on Sloe bushes (aka Blackthorns). I read on-line: "It really loves berries, especially Honeysuckle and Raspberries. It walks all over them, leaving behind an awful stinking substance. This makes all berries it walked over inedible." Shame - it looks rather smart!
|Sloe bug, Dolycoris baccarum. Late instar nymph. Orchid Bank, High Elms Country Park, 30 July 2011.|
|Late instar nymph of the sloe bug, Dolycoris baccarum. Hayes Common, 24 June 2011.|