Hawthorn Shield-Bug

Thanks to the folks at The Sumac Centre in Forest Fields, who sent this picture of an interesting insect seen in their garden :

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It’s a Hawthorn Shield-Bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale), the most commonly seen Shield-Bug.  It will have recently emerged from hibernation to breed, and is often seen in gardens at this time of year.  It’s more common in Southern England, but has been steadily expanding north in recent decades – perhaps due to climate change.

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