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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

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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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