Order (Heteroptera), section Pentatomoidea

Shield Bugs, so called from the general shape of the adults.

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Hawthorn Shield Bug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale (Linnaeus, 1758)

Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale
  • Cambridge 4 Jul 2002
  • Family Acanthosomatidae
  • Feeds on leaves and fruits
  • Length: 14mm


Parent Bug Elasmucha grisea (Linnaeus, 1758)

Elasmucha grisea Elasmucha grisea nymphs
  • Adult: Old St Ives Railway, TL464614; 20 Sep 2002 Enlarge
  • Nymphs: Adams Road LNR, TL437587; 4 Sep 2007 Enlarge
  • Family Acanthosomatidae
  • Takes its common name from the protective care which the females exercise over eggs and young nymphs.
  • The nymphs, on birch or alder, cluster together even without the parent's presence.
  • Length: 7mm


Sehirus luctuosus Mulsant & Rey, 1866

Sehirus luctuosus
  • Cambridge 19 May 2002
  • Family Cydnidae
  • Widespread in the southern counties
  • Host plant is common forget-me-not Myosotis sylvatica


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