Parent bug

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Parent bug
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Adult Parent bug
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Parent bug with eggs
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Acanthosomatidae
Genus: Elasmucha
Species: E. grisea
Binomial name
Elasmucha grisea
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The parent bug (Elasmucha grisea) is a shield bug, a type of insect characterized by its shield-shaped body. It is so named because adults remain with their offspring for several weeks after they hatch; this is relatively rare behaviour in the insect world. Adults are approximately 12 mm long.

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