Parent Bug - Elasmucha grisea


Length 7-9 mm. A medium-sized red/brown shieldbug. There is usually an obvious black patch on the scutellum.

Identification difficulty

Birch and Alder trees.

When to see it

Adult: All year.

Life History

This species overwinters as an adult, emerging and mating in the spring. The smaller male dies soon after, but the female survives for some time, brooding the eggs and young larvae, which feed on Birch and Alder. New adults may be found from August onwards.

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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