Red-cross Shield Bug
"Parent Bug"
Elasmostethus cruciatus

parent bug

red-cross shield bug
This plant-eating Shield Bug (stink bug) is called a "Parent Bug" because it tends its young, protecting them
from predators even after they've hatched.  This assures that more of the hatchlings will survive when compared
to other insects who desert their young after birth.  Fascinating!  This particular Shield Bug was found at Strawberry
 Reservoir  in Wasatch County, Utah.  © Carol Davis, 8-27-2009

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