Box Bug

Gonocerus acuteangulatus


Body length 11 to 14mm. Brown with a narrow, almost parallel-sided, abdomen. Much like a slim Dock Bug, Coreus marginatus.


Woodland edge, hedgerows, gardens and parks, where its foodplant can be found. Once confined to Box, but now may feed on bramble, hawthorn, buckthorn (as in photos), or other berried shrubs.

Status and distribution

Once restricted to Box Hill in Surrey, but now spreading northwards and westwards. First recorded in Nottinghamshire in April 2015. Recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons, as a nymph.

Best time to see

April to November.