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Spiky bug

Spiky bug
Beaver Brook Association, Hollis, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
August 5, 2008
Size: about 1 cm.
Found this bug near blackberry vines, yellow, and magenta flowers. Looks like it has a parasite on its back. It is missing half an antenna.

Moved from Leaffooted Bugs.

Coreidae nymph.
Probably a nymph of Euthochtha galeator, but I'm not positive. Looks like it might already be doomed, too. The white spot on the center of its back is the egg of a tachinid fly, most likely Trichopoda. The larva that hatches will be an internal parasite.

We've often wondered
If the nymph is lucky enough to moult at this time, will the egg be discarded with the old exoskeleton?

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