Rhaphigaster nebulosa (Poda, 1761)
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|A European stink (or shield) bug in the family Pentatomidae, Rhaphigaster nebulosa (Poda, 1761) grows to a length of 15mm. It feeds on various broad-leaved woody plants and occasionally on dead insects. To protect against predators, young bugs have stink glands on their back; in the case of adults, these are to be found on the underside of the thorax. If threatened, a strong-smelling secretion is released. They are not good fliers; their sluggish flight makes loud humming noises.|
This species is distributed throughout the Palearctic region, more commonly in the southern than in the northern parts of Central Europe.
I found this specimen in Polystipos village, Nicosia, Cyprus
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