Solved Insect ID please

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  1. Fat Controller

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    What is this?

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      Shield Bug
       
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        Thanks - harmless I presume?
         
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          They're supposed to taste nasty to birds, but our hens like them. I only find them on rhubarb/blackberry leaves.
           
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            Ta - that one was on a train, so no hens about :snorky:
             
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              People also call them stink bugs, but I've handled a few in my time and I never smelled any foul odours.
               
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                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                They come in green as well.:biggrin:
                 
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                  The jury's out on whether they do harm or not. One or two wouldn't be a problem but hundreds of the almond-smelling green ones constitutes an invasion to be repelled at all costs. The tinkers hide in the washing too :gaah:
                   
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                    We have them here but if they can.. they do like to get in your home ;) but they're soon on the death wish list :loll:
                     
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                    @pete Those are the Martian ones :hate-shocked:
                     
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                      There are quite a number of different shield bugs, they are sap suckers. Many of them secrete a foul smelling yellowish liquid when disturbed/handled, this can linger on the fingers for some time.
                       
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                        They're not harmful to people, as Nigel said, they suck sap and so they can harm your plants and trees.

                        I saw an Australian guy on youtube take a DIY flamethrower to his citrus trees as it was invaded by a larger variety of shield bug they get out there.

                        Tree was fine after that btw but the bugs dropped off it in no time.
                         
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                            pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                            I've never found them to be a problem.:smile:
                             
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