This morning's walk had to be somewhat truncated as Malcolm had an appointment at the asthma clinic. But, on returning home, I was pottering in the garden, when a small insect caught my eye as it scrambled among the leaves of a chili pepper plant.
Palomena prasina). Shieldbugs have a rather interesting life story, starting as all insects do, as an egg and hatching into a larval form. It is after this larval form when things get more tricky as the insect moults as it grows and passes through four nymphal stages - often referred to as instars.