Hawthorn Shieldbug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale (Linnaeus, 1758)
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A common group of insects are Shieldbugs, named after their heraldic shield-like shape and belonging to the order Hemiptera. They frequent most types of vegetation and although most feed on their foliage and berries etc, some species are carnivorous. Shieldbugs go through several stages of growth called nymphs, which are as frequently found as the adults and a few species exhibit brood care. Shieldbugs are also fairly regular visitors to MV moth traps.

The Hawthorn Shieldbug is a common species, generally tending to be found on shrubby plants and trees, rather than low vegetation. The photographs below show a range of colourations. The top two were taken at Sherwood Forest CP in September 2010, with the middle two taken at New Ollerton in early November 2010, showing the pre-hibernation colours of the adult.

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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Martin Warne. Wil Heeney. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Meg Skinner. Wil Heeney. Nottingham City Council. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Michael Walker. Stuart Warrington. NBGRC. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Sorby Natural History Society. Rob Johnson. Meg Skinner.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2019

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