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Shieldbugs (Various families)

Probably the shield bugs are among the best known bugs in everybody's garden. They are named after their shape, which does remind one of the shields, knights used to defend themselves with in medieval times. Scientifically however they are not one family. Usually four families are considered belonging to the shield bugs, because of their shape and the fact that their antennae are comprised of five elements each. First of all we have the True Shieldbugs (Pentatomidae). They can be told apart from the other families by their large scutellum or shield, the triangular shield immediately behind the thorax shield. The Acanthosomatidae is the second family we consider being shield bugs. Having no common English names the members of this family usually are also referred to as shield bugs. Bigger species certainly do look like shield bugs, but many smaller species do not. The Burrowing Bugs, also called Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae) and the Shield-backed Bugs (Scutelleridae) are also part of the shield bugs, but both families are much smaller than the previous ones. Because many members of the Squash Bugs and Leaffooted Bugs (family Coreidae) really do look like the shield bugs, we have placed them on this page, for most people will look for them among the shield bugs anyway.


Green Shield Bug Palomena prasina

The Green Shield Bug is the most common shield bug in gardens. More....


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Green Shield Bug Palomena prasina

Young larvae are green with a lot of black. Older larvae are plain green. More...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Blue Bug Zicrona caerulea

The Blue Bug usually is metallic blue, but may be metallic green as well. The one in this picture is an adult. More...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Blue Bug Zicrona caerulea

The larva of the Blue Bug is similar to the Green Bug's, except that green means red! More...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Striped Shieldbug Graphosoma lineatum

The Striped Shieldbug, also known as the Striped Stink Bug, is black with red stripes. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Sloe Bug Dolycoris baccarum

The Sloe Bug loves berries and loves to spoil them. This species is also known as the Hairy Bug. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Troilus luridus

Troilus luridus is a less common species in gardens. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Troilus luridus

The larva of Troilus luridus is very colourful and doesn't look like its parents at all. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Arma custos

The last segment of the antenna of Arma custos is of a very light colour. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Bishop's Mitre Shield Bug Aelia acuminata

The Bishop's Mitre Shield Bug is named after the object it looks like. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Cabbage Bug Eurydema oleracea

The white parts of the Cabbage Bug may be red. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Raphigaster nebulosa

Raphigaster nebulosa is a fairly big non British species. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Forest Bug Pentatoma rufipes

The Forest Bug is seldom seen in meadows. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Forest Bug Pentatoma rufipes

This is the larva of the Forest Bug. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus

In autumn the Gorse Shieldbug is beautiful and red . more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus

After hibernation the Gorse Shieldbug is unobtrusive and green. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus

The larvae do not look like the parents very much. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Dock Leaf Bug Coreus marginatus

The last element of the antenna of the Dock Leaf Bug is dark. more...


Family: Squash Bugs, also known as Leaffooted Bugs (Coreidae)


Dock Leaf Bug Coreus marginatus

The young are just as brown as the adults are. more...


Family: Squash Bugs, also known as Leaffooted Bugs (Coreidae)


Parent Bug Elasmucha grisea

Your typical Parent Bug is silvry grey. more...


Family: True Shieldbugs (Acanthosomatidae)


Parent Bug Elasmucha grisea

But sometimes the Parent Bug is quite red indeed. more...


Family: True Shieldbugs (Acanthosomatidae)


Birch Shield Bug Elasmostethus interstinctus

The Birch Shield Bug is rather difficult to identify, for it is similar to some other species. more...


Family: True Shieldbugs (Acanthosomatidae)


Birch Shield Bug larva Elasmostethus interstinctus larva

Most probably the 5th instar of the Birch Shield Bug. more...


Family: True Shieldbugs (Acanthosomatidae)


Hawthorn Shield Bug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale

This larva of the Hawthorn Shield Bug has been identified by Paul Dulwich and Norman S. Wright. The adults are very similar to the adults of the Birch Shield Bug. more...


Family: True Shieldbugs (Acanthosomatidae)


Sehirus luctuosus

This black Sehirus luctuosus strongly reminds one of a beetle. more...


Familie: Burrowing Bugs (Cydnidae)


Tritomegas sp.

This larva of a Tritomegas species was very helpful in protecting our roses from Saw Flies. more...


Familie: Burrowing Bugs (Cydnidae)


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