Hainault Forest Website

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 Hemiptera TRUE BUGS

GREEN SHIELD BUG Palomena prasina Silver birch Hog Hill. It is shedding its final instar skin to become adult. 15th August 2011.

GREEN SHIELD BUG Palomena prasina. Instar on bramble 1st August 200

GREEN SHIELD BUG Palomena prasina. Hog Hill. The adult becomes bronze coloured in the autumn when it hibernates and  becomes green again on emergence.   Photos: 16th August 2006. Above right: Instar on lime. 1.8.06.


Forest Shield bug pair on sallow 20th July 2006

FOREST SHIELD BUG Pentatoma rufipes. 9th July 2006. Hainault Lodge. FOREST SHIELD BUG  Pentatoma rufipes instar on hawthorn. 20 June 2011

HAWTHORN SHIELD BUG Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale on Crack willow leaf. 17th June 2003.

HAWTHORN SHIELD BUG Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale on sallow

17th July 2003

WOUNDWORT SHIELDBUG Eysacoris fabricii. Hainault Lodge.

16th May 2000.

CRUCIFER SHIELDBUG pair Eurydema oleracea  Hainault Lodge. 16th May 2000.  Typical form and red spotted form.


Photo Michael Rumble  1st September 2012

Green Shield bug and Squash bug on bramble leaf 18th October 2004.

SQUASH BUGS Coreus marginatus on sallow leaf  and right on Dock leaf. 25th August 2006

 BISHOP'S MITRE bug Aelia acuminata.  Found on the heathland. 21.10.06.

POND SKATER Gerris sp. 15mm long. Common bug on all the forest ponds. Feeds on dead insects on the water surface. Bristles on the tips of legs prevent it breaking through the surface film. Photo: July 1973.

CAPSID BUG Dryophilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus  on oak leaves, Hog Hill.

5th May 2007.

CAPSID BUG Calocorus quadripunctatus on oak leaves, Hog Hill.

5th May 2007.

FROGHOPPER Cercopsis vulnerata. Photographed on stem of Cow parsley on former Reservoir site, Hog Hill.   15th May 2006. FROGHOPPER or SPITTLEBUG Philaenus spumarius on lime 4th June 2007

Spittle or plant sap covering Froghopper nymph on willow leaf 4th June 2007.

WATER SCORPION Nepa cinerea. A  leaf-like, flat bug 30mm long. Two front legs adapted for grasping prey from which it sucks juices. The "sting-like" appendage at the rear is in fact a breathing tube which it uses like a snorkel. Photo: May 1971.  Chigwell Row Pond.
BACKSWIMMER Notonecta glauca. 15mm long. Common in all forest ponds and numerous in Sheepwater.  Often seen resting near the surface of the water where they gather oxygen. Photo: July 2004. Sheepwater. As its name suggests The Backswimmer or Greater water boatman swims upside down The third pair of legs, covered in hairs, are the longest and used to row through the water. Below: Microscope view of tip of third leg showing hairs which help to propel it through the water.