Forest Bug

Pentatoma rufipes

About

At first glance, the Forest Bug appears similar to the other 'spiked' shield bug species; however, the shoulders are square-cut and rounded at the front, which makes it quickly identifiable. It is also found in different habitats to other shield bugs: the Forest Bug is mainly herbivorous, feeding on the sap of deciduous trees, particularly oaks growing along sheltered woodland edges or in clearings. This species overwinters as a nymph, the adults are present from July to November, and eggs are laid in August.

How to identify

One of a group of three brown shield bugs with shoulder 'spikes', the Forest Bug is best distinguished by its square-cut shoulder 'spikes' and black- and cream-chequered flanks.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many woodland nature reserves for the benefit of all kinds of animals from minibeasts to mammals: a mix of coppicing, scrub-cutting, ride maintenance and non-intervention all help woodland wildlife to thrive. You can help too: volunteer for your local Wildlife Trust and you could be involved in everything from traditional forest crafts to surveying for insects.

Species information

Common name
Forest Bug
Latin name
Pentatoma rufipes
Category
Invertebrates
Bugs
Statistics
Length: 1.1-1.4cm
Conservation status
Common.