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.

Identification difficulty
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.

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