Forest Bug (Pentatoma rufipes)
A short walk in our local nature reserve revealed this Forest Bug which mostly lives high up in trees and bushes. Although it is rarely seen this is a common species all over the British Isles. It sometimes sucks on leaves and fruit, but it clearly prefers to hunt for its own prey. The cold doesn’t really stop this species and in winter is is one of the very few enemies of winter moths, such as the Mottled Umber Moth. The Forest Bug is common in forests, parks and larger gardens and also frequently spotted in shady avenues.