Guernsey Wildlife &

Nature Photography

Shieldbugs of Guernsey

Shieldbugs are Pentatomidae which is a family of insects belonging to the order Hemiptera. I will also include Squashbugs on this page, which are Coreidae, also in the order Hemiptera and quite similar to the Shieldbugs, often being grouped together in field guides.

Guernsey is an ideal location for Shieldbugs with a wide variety of habitats all in a small area. We also act as a migration stop off point where many insects from Southern europe and the continent seem to find themselves, especially after any prolonged periods of East, South East or Southerly winds.

We currently have around xx species recorded on this island.

Many shieldbugs are specialist to a host plant

Here are a few images, scroll down for images of all of the shieldbugs I have managed to photograph.

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This is a current working list of the Shield and Squash bugs found in Guernsey. This information will include some old records and may not be fully vetted.

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My current species list comprises the following, please scroll down for photo's, not all of them have common names:


Pentatomidae (Shield bugs):

  • Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale - Hawthorn Shieldbug

  • Aelia acuminata - Bishops Mitre Shieldbug

  • Cyphostethus tristriatus - Juniper Shieldbug
  • Dolycoris baccarum - Sloe or Hairy Shieldbug

  • Dyroderes umbraculatus

  • Elasmostethus interstinctus - Birch Shieldbug

  • Elasmucha grisea - Parent Bug

  • Eurydema oleracea - Brassica Shieldbug

  • Eurydema ornata - Ornate Shieldbug
  • Eysarcoris aeneus - New Forest Shieldbug
  • Eysarcoris fabricii - Woundwort Shieldbug

  • Geotomus punctulatus - Cornish Shieldbug

  • Legnotus limbosus - Bordered Shieldbug

  • Neottiglossa leporina
  • Palomena prasina - Common Green Shieldbug
  • Pentotoma rufipes - Red-legged Shieldbug

  • Peribalus strictus Vernalis - Vernal Shieldbug

  • Piezodorus lituratus - Gorse Shieldbug

  • Podops inuncta - Turtle Shieldbug

  • Sciocoris cursitans - Sand Runner

  • Tritomegas bicolor - Pied Shieldbug


Coreidae (Squash bugs):

  • Coreus marginatus - Dock Bug

  • Coriomeris deticulatus - Denticulate Leatherbug

  • Leptoglossus occidentalis - Western Conifer Seed Bug
  • Syromastes rhombeus - Rhombic Leatherbug

Rhopalidae (Rhopalid Bugs):

  • Chorosoma schillingi
  • Corizus hyoscyami - Cinnamon Bug
  • Myrmus miriformis
  • Rhopalus lepidus
  • Stictopleurus abutilon


  • Pyrrhocoris apterus - Fire Bug


Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale - Hawthorn Shieldbug

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Aelia acuminata - Bishops Mitre Shieldbug

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Dolycoris baccarum - Sloe or Hairy Shieldbug

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Dyroderes umbraculata

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Elasmostethus interstinctus - Birch Shieldbug

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Elasmucha grisea - Parent Bug

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Eurydema oleracea - Brassica Shieldbug

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Eysarcoris fabricii - Woundwort Shieldbug

Geotomus punctulatus - Cornish Shieldbug

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Legnotus limbosus

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Pentotoma rufipes - Red-legged Shieldbug

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Peribalus strictus Vernalis

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Piezodorus lituratus - Gorse Shieldbug

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Podops inuncta

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Sciocoris cursitans - Sand Runner

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Coreus marginatus

Syromastes rhombeus