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Shieldbugs of Guernsey


Shieldbugs are Pentatomidae which is a family of insects belonging to the order Hemiptera. I will also include Squashbugs - Coreidae, Rhopalid Bugs - Rhopalidae and Fire Bugs - Pyrrhocoridae, 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.


Many shieldbugs are specialist to a host plant and can be found by searching the foodplant. There are however some predatory species.


There are a few species which I have not yet seen, so I hope to add photos of those soon, I have included them in order to provide a full list of Guernsey Shieldbugs


Pentatomoidea (Shieldbugs):

  • Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale - Hawthorn Shieldbug
  • Aelia acuminata - Bishops Mitre Shieldbug
  • Alydus calcaratus
  • Carpocoris Meditterraneus Atlanticus
  • Carpocoris purpureipennis (no photo - still on my list to find)
  • Cyphostethus tristriatus - Juniper Shieldbug
  • Dolycoris baccarum - Sloe or Hairy Shieldbug
  • Dyroderes umbraculatus - White-shouldered Shieldbug
  • Elasmostethus interstinctus - Birch Shieldbug
  • Elasmucha grisea - Parent Bug
  • Eurydema oleracea - Brassica Shieldbug
  • Eurydema ornata - Ornate Shieldbug
  • Eurygaster maura - Scarce Tortoise Shieldbug (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Eysarcoris aeneus - New Forest Shieldbug
  • Eysarcoris fabricii - Woundwort Shieldbug
  • Geotomus punctulatus - Cornish Shieldbug
  • Graphosoma italicum - Striped or Minstrel Shieldbug (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Jalla dumosa (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Legnotus limbosus - Bordered Shieldbug
  • Neottiglossa leporina
  • Ochetosthethus nanus (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Odonotoscelis fuliginosa - Greater-streaked Shieldbug (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Odonotoscelis lineola - Lesser-streaked Shieldbug (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Palomena prasina - Common Green Shieldbug
  • Pentotoma rufipes - Red-legged Shieldbug
  • Peribalus strictus Vernalis - Vernal Shieldbug
  • Picromerus bidens - Spiked Shieldbug (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Piezodorus lituratus - Gorse Shieldbug
  • Podops inuncta - Turtle Shieldbug
  • Rhaphigaster nebulosa - Mottled Shieldbug (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Sciocoris cursitans - Sand Runner
  • Sehirus luctuosus - Forget-me-not Shieldbug (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Tritomegas bicolor - Pied Shieldbug

 

Coreidae (Squash bugs):

  • Arenocoris waltlii - Breckland Leatherbug (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Ceraleptus lividus - Slender-horned Leatherbug
  • Coreus marginatus - Dock Bug
  • Coriomeris deticulatus - Denticulate Leatherbug
  • Gonocerus acuteangulatus - Box Bug (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Leptoglossus occidentalis - Western Conifer Seed Bug
  • Syromastes rhombeus - Rhombic Leatherbug

Rhopalidae (Rhopalid Bugs):

  • Chorosoma schillingi
  • Corizus hyoscyami - Cinnamon Bug
  • Myrmus miriformis
  • Rhopalus lepidus
  • Rhopalus parumpunctatus (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Rhopalus rufus (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Stictopleurus abutilon
  • Stictopleurus pictus (no photo - still on my list to find!)
  • Stictopleurus punctatonervosus (no photo - still on my list to find!)

Pyrrhocoridae:

  • Pyrrhocoris apterus - Fire Bug



 



Pentatomoidea (Shieldbugs)



Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale - Hawthorn Shieldbug

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Aelia acuminata - Bishops Mitre Shieldbug

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Carpocoris Meditterraneus Atlanticus 
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Cyphostethus tristriatus - Juniper Shieldbug

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Dolycoris baccarum - Sloe or Hairy Shieldbug

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Dyroderes umbraculata - White-shouldered Shieldbug

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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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Eurydema ornata - Ornate Shieldbug

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Eysarcoris aeneus - New Forest Shieldbug

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Eysarcoris fabricii - Woundwort Shieldbug

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Geotomus punctulatus - Cornish Shieldbug

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Legnotus limbosus - Bordered Shieldbug

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Neottiglossa leporina

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Palomena prasina - Common Green Shieldbug

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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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Tritomegas bicolor - Pied Shieldbug

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Coreidae (Squash bugs)




Ceraleptus lividus - Slender-horned Leatherbug 
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Coreus marginatus - Dock Bug

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Coriomeris denticulatus - Denticulate Leatherbug

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Leptoglossus occidentalis - Western Conifer Seed Bug

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Syromastes rhombeus

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Rhopalidae




Chorosoma schillingi

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Corizus hyoscyami - Cinnamon Bug

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Myrmus miriformis

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Rhopalus lepidus

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Stictopleurus abutilon

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Pyrrhocoridae




Pyrrhocoris apterus - Fire Bug

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