Monday Night Mystery: Shutterstock Fail Edition

Away in the windswept greenery of a distant alpine meadow, birds sing sweet lullabies to the azure sky. Dragonflies chase rays of sunlight. Rainbows settle across the sparkling waterfalls. And among the dewey stamens of the shasta mountain daisies, according to the Shutterstock corporation, rests a bed bug:

Wait. What?

Ok. So, not a bed bug. But what is it?

Ten Myrmecos Points (TM) to the first commenter who can name the family of the mystery critter. Per our new rules, you must also give identifying characters that support your entry.

The cumulative points winner for the month of July will win their choice of 1) an 8×10-sized print from my photo galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.

10 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery: Shutterstock Fail Edition”

  1. It’s not a bedbug, since bedbugs are wingless and are brown. I think it’s a mirid, since it has a sort of fold thing on the front wings. Plus it looks rather fragile-looking. All in all, it just… looks like one.

  2. FormicidaeFantasy

    That looks like a stink bug (Pentatomidae) to me, due to the triangular shape of the pronotum, and the general shield-like look to it. But that is hardly an explanation…

  3. It doesn’t look like a stink bug to me. I might be getting the family mixed up in my head, but I’m taking a stab at it anyway… I say Miridae because the membranous portion of the wings are folded down over the end of the abdomen.

  4. Looks like I’m late – but yes, Miridae! Cuneus, long antennae and “it just looks like one” 🙂 Oh, and I remember from class – you can sort of see it in the photo – mirids have an “M” shape created by the closed cells of the membranous part of the wings (M for miridae!).

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