Taxonomy

Elasmucha grisea | Parent Bug

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not assessed

Species Biology

Identification

Complex mottled pattern dominated by browns, reds and black blotches. The edge of the abdomen has black and orange chequers. 

Habitat

Parent Shieldbugs are associated with stands of Birch (Betula sp.) on bogs, heaths and edges of woodland. 

Life cycle

Adults may be found from in all months except June and July. Nymphs occur in June, July and August. 

Similar species

Similar in shape to Birch and Hawthorn Shieldbug, but the Parent Shieldbug is differentiated by heavy dark markings and limited green pigment.

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

Occurs throughout Ireland.

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2020

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