Friday, January 02, 2009

Window bug belly shot

This shield bug was on my window the other day, giving me a nice view of its underside. (Don't mind the window dirt.)

The dark line you see running from its head to between its legs is the mouth, a modified sucking "beak" that pokes down into plants to suck out the juices. Some other true bugs use their mouthparts to suck out the juices of other bugs.
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