Taxonomy

Picromerus bidens | Spined Shieldbug

Distribution

Species Biology

Identification

Large brown shieldbug with very pointed, thorn-like, shoulders. Has a yellow tip to its scutellum.

Habitat

Sites with long lush vegetation, especially bogs and other wetlands, woodland edge and hedgerows. 

Life cycle

Adults may be found from July to November. Nymphs occur from May to August. 

Similar species

The very pointed shoulders distinguishes this species from Forest and Bronze Shieldbugs. 

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

Occurs throughout Ireland. 

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2020

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