Dolycoris baccarum (6)
|Dolycoris baccarum (Linnaeus, 1758)|
Common names: Sloe Bug, hairy shield bug
Dolycoris baccarum (10-12mm)is a very common pentatomid in Crete with quite variable colors. The basic color of pronotum and elytra is usually reddish purple, while scutellum is ocher. During the winter the basic color is dull brown. The whole body is quite hairy. The antennae are made by 4-5 black and white sections and the margins of the abdomen are alternately mottled with whitish and black. The male and female are very similar.
The eggs are deposited in spring. In summer we'll see the larvae of the Sloe Bug on various plants, especially those of the Rose-family.
Of all the stink bugs this one is the worst. 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. Like in other Stink Bugs the substance is made for protection. A bird or other enemy will eat only one bug in its entire live. Afterwards it will always remember the dreadful taste and will never touch another bug again.