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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.


Photograph of Palomena prasina
Green Shield Bug Palomena prasina

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


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Photograph of Palomena prasina
Green Shield Bug Palomena prasina

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


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Photograph Blue Bug
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)


Photograph Blue Bug
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)


Photograph Striped Shieldbug
Striped Shieldbug Graphosoma italicum

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


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Photograph Sloe Bug
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)


foto Troilus luridus
Bronze Shieldbug, adult Troilus luridus

The Bronze Shieldbug is a less common species in gardens. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


foto Troilus luridus larva
Bronze Shieldbug, larva

The larva of the Bronze Shieldbug is very colourful and doesn't look like its parents at all. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Photograph Woundwort shieldbug
Woundwort shieldbugEysarcoris venustissimus

The Woundwort Shieldbug is a small, but colourful shieldbug. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Photograph Arma custos
Arma custos

The last segment of the antenna of Arma custos is of a very light colour. This is not a British species, by the way.more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Photograph of Aelia acuminata
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)


Photograph of Eurydema oleracea
Cabbage Bug Eurydema oleracea

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


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Photograph of Peribalus strictus
Vernal Shieldbug Peribalus strictus

In the rare Vernal Shieldbug the tip of the shield is white. more...


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Photograph of Pentatoma rufipes
Forest Bug, adult Pentatoma rufipes

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


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Photograph of Pentatoma rufipes larva
Forest Bug, larva Pentatoma rufipes

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


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Photograph of Piezodorus lituratus
Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus

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


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Photograph of Piezodorus lituratus
Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus

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


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


Photograph of Piezodorus lituratus
Gorse Shieldbug, larva Piezodorus lituratus

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


Family: Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)


photograph Coreus marginatus
Dock Leaf Bug, adult 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)


photograph Coreus marginatus larva
Dock Leaf Bug, larva Coreus marginatus

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


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


photograph Leptoglossus occidentalis
Western Conifer Seed Bug Leptoglossus occidentalis

The Western Conifer Seed Bug is an easily identified newcomer from the USA. more...


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


Photograph Elasmucha grisea
Parent Bug Elasmucha grisea

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


Family: True Shieldbugs (Acanthosomatidae)


Photograph Elasmucha grisea
Parent Bug Elasmucha grisea

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


Family: True Shieldbugs (Acanthosomatidae)


Photograph Elasmucha grisea
Parent Bug Elasmucha grisea

The larva is a colorful little creature. more...


Family: True Shieldbugs (Acanthosomatidae)


Photograph of Elasmostethus interstinctus
Birch Shield Bug, adult Elasmostethus interstinctus

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


Family: True Shieldbugs (Acanthosomatidae)


Photograph Elasmostethus interstinctus larva
Birch Shield Bug, larva Elasmostethus interstinctus larva

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


Family: True Shieldbugs (Acanthosomatidae)


Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale
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)


Photograph of Sehirus luctuosus
Forget-me-not Shieldbug Sehirus luctuosus

This black Forget-me-not Shieldbug strongly reminds one of a beetle. more...


Familie: Burrowing Bugs (Cydnidae)


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