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|Elasmucha grisea Parent Bug
A medium-sized reddish shieldbug with a black and white connexivum. There is usually an obvious black patch on the scutellum.
This species overwinters as an adult, emerging and mating in the spring. The smaller male dies soon after, but the female surives for some time, brooding the eggs and young larvae, which feed on birch and alder. New adults may be found from August onwards. Common and widespread across Britain and Ireland.
Adult: All year
Length 7-9 mm
|Adult: north London (May 2007) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult male (L) and female (R): Suffolk (May 2006) ©Stuart Read
||Female brooding eggs: N London (June 2009) ©Laurence Counter
|Adult: west London (April 2008) ©Julian Oliver
||Adult: Yorks (May 2008) ©Joe Botting
|Adults and early instar nymphs: Surrey (August 2009) ©Ashley Wood
||Early instar nymphs: London (July 2007) ©Toby Barton|
|Final instar nymphs: Shrops (July 2006) ©Nigel Jones
||Final instar nymph: London (October 2008) ©Laurence Counter|
|Teneral adult & final instar nymphs: Surrey (Aug 2008) ©Ashley Wood||Teneral adult: London (October 2008) ©Laurence Counter