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Forest Bugs (Red-legged Shieldbugs)

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Quick Facts

Scientific name:  Pentatoma rufipes

Size:  Up to 15mm

Distribution:  Found throughout the UK

Months seen:  June to October

Habitat:  Woods and forests

Food:  Tree sap, especially Oak and Alder

Special features:  Forest bugs, also known as Red-legged Shieldbugs, can be distinguished from other shieldbugs by their square shoulders.  They look like they're wearing American football player padding.  Their bodies are a dark bronze-brown colour with orange legs and antennae.  The antennae are about the same length as the body.

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