Birch Shieldbug - Elasmostethus interstinctus


Length 8-11.5 mm. A distinctive species, although similar to the Hawthorn Shieldbug (see below).

Similar Species

Confusion with the larger and more elongate Hawthorn Shieldbug (A. haemorrhoidale) is possible. The lateral extensions of the pronotum are smaller in E. interstinctus, and are not marked with red, while the scutellum of A. haemorrhoidale is green and the abdomen frequently red-tipped.

Identification difficulty

In mixed Birch woodlands, or on isolated Birch trees.

When to see it

Adult: All year.

Life History

This species overwinters as an adult, emerging and mating in the spring. The larvae feed principally on Birch, but may also be found on Hazel and Aspen; the new generation is complete by August.

UK Status

Common and widespread across Britain and Ireland.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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