Striped Shield Bug (Graphosoma lineatum)

This species is very common in the Maltese islands.  Graphosoma is a genus of the Pentatomidae family. The Striped shield bug is also known as the Italian Striped-Bug and Minstrel Bug. It is often found on the flowers of the Greater Pignut, Wild Carrot plant or on the flower of the Giant Fennel. The bold red and black warning colours (aposematism) indicate that the insects are foul-tasting. The insects are common across Southern Europe. This species grows to around 1cm in length.