Birch Shieldbug

Elasmostethus interstinctus


Body length 8 - 12mm. A variable green and reddish-brown shieldbug. Like a small version of the Hawthorn Shieldbug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidalis, but with no reddish colouring on the lateral extensions of the scutellum.


Mixed Birch woodlands. The larvae feed on Birch, Aspen and Hazel.

Status and distribution

Distributed throughout Britain but commonest in England and Wales. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

March to November.