Hawthorn Shieldbug - Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale

    Description

    Length 13-15 mm. A distinctive species, although confusion with the smaller and less elongate Birch Shieldbug is possible. The lateral extensions of the pronotum are larger in A. haemorrhoidale, and are marked with red, while the scutellum is green and the abdomen frequently red-tipped.

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    Habitat

    Mixed woodland, hedgerows etc.

    When to see it

    Adult: All year

    Life History

    Overwinters as an adult, emerging and mating in the spring. The larvae occur May-October, feeding mainly on Hawthorn berries, although a range of other deciduous trees are also used, including Oak, Hazel and Birch. The new generation is complete from August/September or even later; adults may become darker before hibernation.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread across Britain, becoming scarce in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map