jmr687's picture

Landed on camping chair (added via Android)

Observed: 6th July 2013 By: jmr687
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Description:

obviously some kind of beetle but would appreciate some clever clogs telling me what it is

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale) interacts

Comments

Wildlife Ranger's picture

Sheildbugs

NOT wanting to be the clever clogs.....but if you have not seen one of this bugs theShieldbug is one of 42 or so of British species over aprox 4 families many of which live on a unique plant host although some have alternative hosts EG Birch SB , Gorse SB , Hawthorn SB. Sloe SB etc They have a distive scutellar shield and are known by the americans as Stinkbugs ( but I dont think they do :-) ) > they are good indciator species of other planst and conditions in the environment. they are similar to the Squashbugs ( Coreidae) in so much as they are Phytophagous but 3 Sheildbug Species can suck on larval insect juices and are predatory

HTH

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stevegregory's picture

Me not clever clogs either...

I think what WLR is hinting at is that it's a 'True Bug' with pointed sucking mouth parts (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) and not a beetle (Coleoptera) which has normal biting jaws. A different type of insect.

Steve