Scary Shieldbug

I’ve grown quite used to spotting shieldbugs all around the place. Usually they’re the same shade of green as the leaf they’re sitting on, as they’re the common Green Shieldbugs. But at the weekend I spotted this scary fellow:

He’s certainly not as camouflaged as the green ones, and seems rather more viscious – sat there eating a caterpillar! He looks like he’s wearing armour and I’ve discovered that he is a “Spiked Shieldbug” – qutite an apt name.

While out walking I also saw another of the altogether less scary green ones …