Bishop's Mitre Shieldbug - Aelia acuminata


    Length 8 to 9 mm. A large and distinctive striped shieldbug with an obviously pointed head and ridged pronotum. 

    Identification difficulty

    Tall and rank dry grassland habitats, including sand dunes.

    When to see it

    Adult: All year, with new adults found from August onwards.

    Life History

    There is one generation per year, adults mating and laying eggs in spring and early summer. The larvae feed on the ripening seeds of a range of grasses.

    UK Status

    Widespread across southern Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland to follow.

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