Picasso Bug Facts
- The aptly-named Picasso Bug presents a strikingly lovely visage to the world. It also remains one of the roughly 450 familiar species of shield-backed bug.
- Though sometimes resembling a beetle, this invertebrate actually represents a true bug.
- This insect with the dazzling pattern differs from beetles by its extended thorax which effectively forms a shield over its abdomen and wings.
- The Picasso Bug is so pretty, it looks as if painted by #Picasso himself.Click To Tweet
- At this time, the invertebrate does not yet hold a place in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Picasso Bug Physical Description
The rather gorgeous Picasso Bug normally grows to a medium size for an invertebrate of its type. However, it nonetheless remains quite small in size.
It typically attains a generally oval shape, and only averages about 0.25 in (6.3 mm) in body length. Thus, despite its artistic appearance, few people ever see them.
The background color typically remains green, yet variations exist. However, while the exact placement and dimensions of the spots vary, the insect always displays eleven of them.
The species does not display any noticeable degree of sexual dimorphism.
Species: S. annulus
Picasso Bug Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The truly lovely Picasso Bug evolved as native to parts of Africa, including South Africa, Ethiopia, and Cameroon, to name a few of the countries it inhabits.
This petite, yet mesmerizing, insect typically inhabits dry, arid regions, such as those found in the sub-Saharan portions of its range.
It also remains close relatives of the stink bug and thus capable of emitting a noxious odor if disturbed.
The insect feeds primarily upon the juices of a variety of plants, including some commercial crops. Further, it feeds on the nectar and fluids of a wide variety of plants within their endemic range.
While it is not as brightly hued as some related species, the Picasso Bug remains famous for the elaborate nature of its distinctive markings.
Those have led people to comment that the bugs appear to have been painted by Picasso, hence the source of its common name.