So while on school holidays visiting the grandparents, I had to bring my Spiny Leafs. Knowing they needed daily misting and new leaves every couple of days, it was the only choice. (Everyone travels with their bugs, right?) I had no problem feeding them since the town we visited was simply overflowing with gum trees. I had also read that if you feed them leaves from the wattle family the Spiny’s will turn green instead of brown. Eager to test this out, I brought the kids and Grammy along for an excursion to relieve a local tree of a few of its branches.
While holding one of the branches with a lovely yellow bloom on it, my oldest excitedly told me she found “a bug mama and babies!!”
You can see all of the adorable babies underneath Mom in the above picture.
In this picture we can even see the egg casings.
I did a little research and I can confidently say the insect is a Shield bug. I’m going to guess a Brown Long-headed Shield bug.
And let me tell you, she was a good guardian of those little ones. If I put a finger on the left side of the leaf, she would lean her body over to that side to keep me and the babies on opposite sides. And she never budged from that spot. And the babies even stayed put, for the most part.
In case you’re wondering, we did relocate her and bubs to a new tree that they could feel safe in and still feed from.