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Seeing this huddle of final instar nymphs of the Parent bug (Elasmucha grisea) made my day!

210921 parent bug nymphs

I wasn’t sure what they were at first but, in case you’re not aware of it, the British Bugs website hosts a brilliant selection of photographs of all stages of British bugs, so a scroll through the shieldbug gallery quickly provided me with their identification. The website is particularly helpful for the less recognisable early instars of insects like shieldbugs.