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Birch Shield Bug - Elasmostethus interstinctus
Birch Shield Bug - Elasmostethus interstinctus


Birch Shield Bug - Elasmostethus interstinctus
The Birch Shield Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus) belongs to the genus Elasmostethus, in the order Hemiptera, the suborder bugs (Heteroptera), the infraorder Pentatomorpha, the superfamily Pentatomoidea, and the family shield bugs (Acanthosomatidae). This species is widespread in Europe and Asia.
Birch Shield Bug
Birch Shield Bug
Adult Elasmostethus interstinctus reach body lengths of 9 - 12 mm. Their bodies are flat and greenish-yellow in colour. The pronotum, front wings and parts of the upper surface of the abdomen are an intense red colour. Almost the entire upper surface of the body is covered with dark indentations. Due to their similarity in appearance, Elasmostethus interstinctus can easily be confused with hawthorn shield bugs (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale).
Birch Shield Bug Elasmostethus interstinctus - Nice colors
Birch Shield Bug Elasmostethus interstinctus - Nice colors
Elasmostethus interstinctus prefer to live in sunny habitats, where they can be found on deciduous trees and shrubs. They eat or suck out the juices from the flowers of beech, alder and hawthorn, and occasionally those of herbaceous plants near the ground.

The larvae of Elasmostethus interstinctus live from June to August. They reach their adult stage in September and then overwinter.
Birch Shield Bug - Side view
Birch Shield Bug - Side view

Elasmostethus interstinctus
Common namesBirch shieldbug, Birch Shield Bug
German namesBunte Blattwanze
Danish namesAlmindelig løvtæge
Finnish namesLehvälude
Swedish namesStörre björkbärfis
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire))))), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland (Åland Islands)), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia))), West Europe (Austria, France, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands)), South Europe (Italy (North Italy, South Italy)), Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia)
Asia
Far East (East Asia (Japan, Korea (South Korea))), North Asia
Russia
Siberia
America
North America
USA


Ecozones: Palaearctic, Nearctic

CountriesAustria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden, USA, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesElasmostethus interstinctus in faunaeur.org
Elasmostethus interstinctus in itis.gov
Elasmostethus interstinctus in dyntaxa.se
Elasmostethus interstinctus in Wikipedia (English)

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1. Birch Shield Bug - Elasmostethus interstinctus
2. Birch Shield Bug
3. Birch Shield Bug Elasmostethus interstinctus - Nice colors
4. Birch Shield Bug - Side view
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderParaneoptera
OrderHemiptera
Hemipterans, True bugs, Cicadas, Aphids, Hoppers, Allies, Bugs
SuborderHeteroptera
True bugs, Bugs, Gerrids
InfraorderPentatomomorpha
SuperfamilyPentatomoidea
FamilyAcanthosomatidae
Acanthosomatids, Shield bugs, Shieldbugs
SubfamilyAcanthosomatinae
GenusElasmostethus
Speciesinterstinctus
Elasmostethus interstinctus
Birch shieldbug, Birch Shield Bug
AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
 
Synonyms
Cimex arboreus
Cimex bidens
Cimex collaris
Cimex dentatus
Cimex haemagaster
Elasmostethus dentatus
Pentatoma liturata
Pentatoma stolli
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