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Old Friday 3rd October 2014, 23:47   #951
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Not the best photo I've ever taken, but hopefully this is enough for someone to tell me what this is?
It was by a pond in north Wiltshire, with a hawthorn hedge and mixed woodland nearby.
I am far from being an expert but would suggest this is Spiked Shield-bug (Picromerus bidens), whose English name is derived from the 'shoulder spikes'.

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Old Saturday 4th October 2014, 05:38   #952
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Looks more like Pentatoma rufipes to me.
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Looks more like Pentatoma rufipes to me.
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Old Saturday 4th October 2014, 09:51   #954
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Thanks - that looks like a good fit now that I've googled it. Very striking insect.
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Looks more like Pentatoma rufipes to me.

To me as well.


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Looks more like Pentatoma rufipes to me.
Bloody beginners who are useless with internet searches, but it was only a suggestion. Attached is one I photographed which prompted my search, I can now see this is also Pentatoma rufipes due the 'blunt' shoulders as opposed to them being 'spiked' (unless I've also got this one wrong).
Still we live and learn.
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Old Saturday 4th October 2014, 13:50   #957
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Bloody beginners who are useless with internet searches, but it was only a suggestion. Attached is one I photographed which prompted my search, I can now see this is also Pentatoma rufipes due the 'blunt' shoulders as opposed to them being 'spiked' (unless I've also got this one wrong).
Still we live and learn.
That's another Pentatoma rufipes - the spot (here orange but can be paler) at the end of the scutellum distinguishes it from lookalikes.

The trouble with internet searches for pictures is that you come across wrongly labelled (aka misidentified) insects. A good field guide overcomes these problems. This is a good page for shieldbugs.
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That's another Pentatoma rufipes - the spot (here orange but can be paler) at the end of the scutellum distinguishes it from lookalikes.

The trouble with internet searches for pictures is that you come across wrongly labelled (aka misidentified) insects. This is a good page for shieldbugs.
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Again thank you for the confirmation. As I have several unidentified insect photographs could you put a scientific name to the attached Ichneumon Fly please.

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A good field guide overcomes these problems..
Agree 100% but when you live in 1 bed supported accomodation space is at an absolute premium (no space in kitchen for fridge or freezer & no space in lounge for bookcase) hence my disposal of a very comprehensive wildlife (mainly birds) library so I revert to the internet and have 'bookmarked' the British Bugs link.
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Again thank you for the confirmation. As I have several unidentified insect photographs could you put a scientific name to the attached Ichneumon Fly please.
Can't help you with that I'm afraid, Papa 10 My brain would go into meltdown if I tried to learn the Ichneumonids - c.3300 in the UK.
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Can't help you with that I'm afraid, Papa 10 My brain would go into meltdown if I tried to learn the Ichneumonids - c.3300 in the UK.
So I've got no chance whatever with my half a brain , just need to see and photograph the male Giant Ichneumon as I've managed the female and these are easy to I/D even for me. Thank you anyway.
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Not really sure on this but you may have a Plasterer Bee here, possibly one of the Hylaeus species!


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Not really sure on this but you may have a Plasterer Bee here, possibly one of the Hylaeus species!


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Thank you Shane and I will go with Hylaeus sp as it is a far better 'fit'.

I've come to the conclusion that I'll stick to the obvious (easy) insects to I/D e.g. Sphaerophoria scripta, Mesembrina meridiana etc; and place the rest in an 'Insects of Smalley Dam' file then hopefully it will give the future generation an insight.
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Three for ID

Morning all

Hope you can help. These three critters have turned up in my garden and house of late and not knowing much about shield bugs I thought I would try and ID. Suggestions are:

1. Birch shieldbug
2. Juniper shieldbug
3. Something else - not a shieldbug but an interesting and large beast! I'm going for Western conifer seed bug based on this:

http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/hetero...identalis.html

It was inside the house so maybe trying to hibernate.

Any help appreciated thanks.

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Agree with all 3.


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Old Saturday 11th October 2014, 16:57   #965
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So do I. Nice haul!
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Thanks both

Flushed with success I headed into the garden this afternoon with an umbrella and stick and bashed these from the bushes. Suggestions:

1. Green shield bug (c13mm)
2. Hawthorn shield bug (c13mm)
3. Birch again (8-9mm)
4. Parent bug? (c8mm)

But please correct me if these are wrong!!

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Again agree with your IDs Paul.
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Old Sunday 12th October 2014, 10:54   #968
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Not the best photo I've ever taken, but hopefully this is enough for someone to tell me what this is?
It was by a pond in north Wiltshire, with a hawthorn hedge and mixed woodland nearby.
Hello,

Your Shieldbug is P. rufipes, or The Forest Shieldbug which is by no means confined to forests, it's virtually everywhere. The red legs and the 'Joan Collins Dynasty style shoulder pads' give it away.

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