A true bug
‘Bugs’ in the insect world include shield bugs, froghoppers, cicadas and aphids. Like all the other insects, the fossils tell us that they have been around for a very long time, little changed. They have sucking mouth parts which allow them to inject plants and animals in order to feed. Assassin bugs and lantern flies from tropical jungles are perhaps the most spectacular, but shield bugs and froghoppers are very common in the UK. This is the nymph – or juvenile – of a bug called Nepidium. Size: 3.5mm.
Find out more on the insects page.