Birch Shield Bug

Elasmostethus interstinctus

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About

A smaller relative of the Hawthorn Shield Bug, adults of the Birch Shield Bug are particularly abundant in the early autumn. They go into hibernation over the winter, re-emerging in spring to lay their eggs. The nymphs hatch and develop in summer, feeding on Birch and sometimes Hazel.

How to identify

The Birch Shield Bug is green, red and brown - similar to the Hawthorn Shield Bug. But it is smaller, has slightly duller colouration and does not have the projecting shoulders.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

Since the 1930s, we have lost almost half of our woodland to intensive agricultural practices and development, resulting in a dramatic loss of habitat for the creatures that live in dead and decaying wood. But you can help our minibeasts: by simply providing a small pile of logs in your garden, you'll make a refuge for everything from shield bugs to wood wasps, and a hunting ground for small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Birch Shield Bug
Latin name
Elasmostethus interstinctus
Category
Invertebrates
Bugs
Statistics
Length: 0.8-1.1cm
Conservation status
Common.