The Jewel Bug

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Jewel bug is a family of true bugs. They are also known as metallic shield bugs due to their often brilliant coloration. The jewel bug feeds on plant juices. They alter the plant into a liquid state by injecting an enzyme from their saliva into the plant matter.

These bugs are also capable of releasing pungent chemicals, that includes alcohols, aldehyde, and esters, for their defense. Females lay clusters of white eggs around twigs and protect them till they hatch.

The nymphs are often a different color to the adults. They have uncanny ability to detect flames, sense combustion and cracking of wood from long distance.

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