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|Pentatoma rufipes Red-legged Shieldbug
A large brown shieldbug which has orange legs and slightly hooked projections at the front of the pronotum. The pale spot at the tip of the scutellum varies from orange to cream.
This species overwinters as young nymphs, which feed mainly on oak. Alder, hazel and other decidous trees are also used, including apple and cherry. Adults are partly predatory, feeding on caterpillars and other insects as well as fruits.
New adults may be found from July onwards, surviving until the late autumn, and eggs are laid in August. Adults can sometimes be found in the early spring, suggesting that a secondary breeding cycle may be possible. Widespread and common across Britain in wooded areas, orchards and gardens.
Length 11-14 mm
|Adult: Jersey (July 2007) ©Tim Ransom
|Adult: Surrey (September 2007) ©Ashley Wood
||Adult: (September 2007) ©Jonathan Michaelson
|Eggs: London (September 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
||Early instar nymphs: London (September 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
|Early instar nymph: Kent (September 2009) ©John Jeffery
||Mid instar nymph: Lincs (June 2008) ©Ian Beddison|
|Mid instar nymph: Leics (May 2008) ©Rachel Scopes
||Final instar nymph: Berks (June 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson|
|Final instar nymph: north London (June 2009) ©Laurence Counter
||Teneral adult: (July 2007) ©Peter Birch