This Shieldbugs guide features 45 shieldbugs and leatherbugs. Colour illustrations are grouped by appearance. Late instar nymphs have also been included where distinctive.
Shieldbugs look somewhat like beetles but have sucking mouthparts instead of mandibles and their young (called nymphs) pass through several moults, becoming more like adults at each stage.
Text on the reverse side includes a table of identification characteristics, with information for each species on body length, body structure, colours, habitat, rarity, distribution in the British Isles and other useful hints.
The Shieldbugs guide was produced in partnership with the Royal Entomological Society.