Subject: What is this?
Location: North East England
August 22, 2012 10:24 am
Hi there bugman
When getting my washing in from the line I noticed this beetle on it when I got in the house but can’t seem to identify it. Can you please let me know what it is.
Thank you
Signature: Julie Lee

Red Legged Shield Bug

Hi Julie Lee,
It was not until we went through the BugGuide images three times in vain that we realized you submitted a Stink Bug photo from England and not North America.  We then quickly identified this Red Legged Shield Bug on British Bugs where it is described as:  “A large brown shieldbug which has orange legs and slightly hooked projections at the front of the pronotum. The pale spot at the tip of the scutellum varies from orange to cream.”  
British Bugs also states that the Red Legged Shield Bug, Pentotoma rufipes, is:  “Widespread and common across Britain in wooded areas, orchards and gardens. “

Location: UK

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