Three nymphs of the harlequin bug sunning on blackberry (Rubus x hybrid) leaves. Harlequin bugs are usually found on the sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima), which is just out of this picture.
This is an adult, with wings. A small plastic box is handy for confining reluctant subjects during photo shoots.
The box also makes examination of the
colorful undersides of the bugs convenient.
During confinement for student observation in class, one female harlequin bug laid this set of eggs. The eggs look like black barrels with white centers. You can also see some of the newly hatched nymphs.
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