What are these bugs?

I’ve asked a few friends and even joined a facebook strawberry growers group to see if anyone can identify the bugs I found the other day on my strawberry plant. No-one has come up with anything 100% satisfactory so far, so I’m hoping that there may be someone in the blogosphere able to help.

So, here are the bugs:

They were on the underside of the leaf and I only found one group. The strawberries are now finished. I had a good crop. the plants were all healthy and there was no sign of anything untoward until I spotted these tiny bugs – they’re about 2mm in length. To be safe, I’ve thrown out the contents of this planter and have tidied up others that were near it. I’ll keep a beady out for any signs next year.

But I’m still intrigued as to what these little creatures are. I think the white things might be egg cases so I don’t think they’re weavils, who lay their eggs in the roots of plants. Also, the strawberry weavil is long with ridges front to back whereas my bugs are round with markings across the body.

While having another google just now I’ve seen that there are loads of references to tik-tok videos of bugs in strawberries – not what I want at all! However, I have found a site on british bugs with an extensive picture gallery. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find my bugs in there.

A couple of days ago, when searching for info (again!), I came across a very interesting blog written by a woman living in North London. This lady calls herself Bug Woman so I reckon she may know a thing or two about bugs. Maybe, if she reads this post and sees my photo, she’ll be able to help. If not, no matter. I’ll keep reading her blog anyway as it’s interesting and well-written.

Here’s another photo showing the nibbled edges of a strawberry leaf and one of the tiny creatures too.

If you are able to identify the bug I would be most grateful. The bug lives in the NW of England – just in case that helps 🙂

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5 Responses to What are these bugs?

  1. Pingback: A New(ish) Cat and the Joy of Shieldbugs | Bug Woman – Adventures in London

  2. Bug Woman says:

    We think these are green shieldbugs (Palomena prasina) – have a look at the link here. The ones on your plant were first instar…


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    • Mrs K says:

      Hi Bug Woman.
      You are brilliant! Thank you so much for looking into this.
      These are shield bugs, as you say. I was searching for pests which is probably why I didn’t manage to identify them.
      I wonder whether they might be the southern green shield bug, first instar
      https://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Pentatomidae/nezara_viridula.html ??
      I’ve seen adult green shield bugs in my garden in the past (and liked them) so if I come across any in future I’ll have a close look to see which type they are.
      Thank you again; much appreciated.

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      • Bug Woman says:

        Hi Mrs K, the southern shieldbug is currently only known from a tiny area around London – that’s not to say that it couldn’t fly north though! Keep your eye open for any adults, I think the difference will be a bit clearer…

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  3. Bug Woman says:

    Hi Mrs K, I think your insects might be shieldbugs of some kind, but am reaching out to some entomologist friends to see if they can give me some more details!

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