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Elasmostethus interstinctus - Acanthosoma lookalike Viewing angle and variance in this specimen make it a close lookalike for Acanthosoma haemerroidale:<br />
1st antennal segments seem relatively long (head bent down)<br />
Shoulders quite produced<br />
Base of pronotum/scutellum seems quite arched<br />
Punctuation on scutellum is relatively wide spread for Elasmostethus<br />
Dark abdomen and coloured wing membranes make it clear we&#039;re looking at Elasmostethus interstinctus<br />
This image was uploaded to illustrate pitfalls when ID-ing photos. Look here for some characters:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67517/elasmostethus_vs_acanthosoma.html" title="Elasmostethus vs Acanthosoma"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/67517_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1547683210&Signature=c95Qlni2Sqyr2qhpy%2FY2qCcOq64%3D" width="200" height="150" alt="Elasmostethus vs Acanthosoma Two species that often get confused in photo-IDs, despite the obvious difference in size and numerous other differences you (well, me that is ;o) always have to look twice ... like in this example:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67560/elasmostethus_interstinctus_-_acanthosoma_lookalike.html<br />
For comparison to other Acanthosomatidae see here:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67516/acanthosomatidae_-_relative_sizes_and_characters.html Acanthosoma,Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale,Acanthosomatidae,Elasmostethus,Elasmostethus interstinctus,Heteroptera ID help,Pentatomoidea" /></a></figure> Acanthosomatidae,Birch shieldbug,Elasmostethus,Elasmostethus interstinctus,Geotagged,Netherlands,Pentatomoidea Click/tap to enlarge

Elasmostethus interstinctus - Acanthosoma lookalike

Viewing angle and variance in this specimen make it a close lookalike for Acanthosoma haemerroidale:
1st antennal segments seem relatively long (head bent down)
Shoulders quite produced
Base of pronotum/scutellum seems quite arched
Punctuation on scutellum is relatively wide spread for Elasmostethus
Dark abdomen and coloured wing membranes make it clear we're looking at Elasmostethus interstinctus
This image was uploaded to illustrate pitfalls when ID-ing photos. Look here for some characters:

Elasmostethus vs Acanthosoma Two species that often get confused in photo-IDs, despite the obvious difference in size and numerous other differences you (well, me that is ;o) always have to look twice ... like in this example:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67560/elasmostethus_interstinctus_-_acanthosoma_lookalike.html<br />
For comparison to other Acanthosomatidae see here:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67516/acanthosomatidae_-_relative_sizes_and_characters.html Acanthosoma,Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale,Acanthosomatidae,Elasmostethus,Elasmostethus interstinctus,Heteroptera ID help,Pentatomoidea

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The birch shieldbug is species of shield bug in the Acanthosomatidae family. It is widely distributed across Europe. The species overwinters in an adult stage, after which they emerge in the spring and start to mate. Their larvae feed usually on birch, but could also be found on aspen and hazel.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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Uploaded Oct 11, 2018. Captured in Olde Meulenweg 2, 7554 RL Hengelo, Netherlands.