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_______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bugs 2 Birch Shieldbugs

 

 

 

A insect on the plant

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BIRCH SHIELDBUG Elasmosthesus interstinctus

 

A insect on the plant

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BIRCH SHIELDBUG Elasmosthesus interstinctus

 

A close up of a tree

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BIRCH SHIELDBUG Elasmosthesus interstinctus  BIRCH SHIELDBUG Elasmosthesus interstinctus

 

A insect on the plant

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BIRCH SHIELDBUG Elasmosthesus interstinctus

 

A insect on a flower

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BIRCH SHIELDBUG Elasmosthesus interstinctus

 

         The Birch Shieldbug Elasmosthesus interstinctus resembles a scaled down version of the Hawthorn Shieldbug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale but it is perhaps most likely to be confused with the Parent Bug Elasmucha grisea, a similar sized bug that also inhabits Birch Betula sp. trees. However, the rufous markings of the latter are less clearly defined and the Birch Shieldbug neither attends to its offspring nor clusters together in the same manner. As may be seen from the photographs this species may be found on plants other than Birch.

 

 

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