Entomology (Study of Bugs)/what is this?

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Hi there I came across a strange looking insect would u know what this

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Hi Caroline,

It is a Shield bug.

I am not that familiar with the different Shield bugs in the U.K., but I would guess it is either
Picromerus bidens (http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Pentatomidae/picromerus_bidens.html) or
Pentatoma rufipes (http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Pentatomidae/pentotoma_rufipes.html)

Are the bugs "shoulders" pointy or blunt?

Thanks for the photo!

Jessica

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Jessica Mellinger

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I can answer questions about invertebrates native to California, including insects commonly found in homes. If you have an identification request, please attach a photo to your question.

Experience

I was involved in collection and identification of invertebrates for the United States Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division for six years. Also, I provided these same services intermittently for the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment for many years. I have been a member of AllExperts.com since 2009.

Organizations
Department of the Interior: United States Geological Survey, Davis Field Station; University of California, Davis Aggie Alumni Association; UC Davis Center for Neuroscience; U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs

Education/Credentials
I have two B.A.'s from the University of California, Davis and two Associate's degrees from Sacramento City College.

Awards and Honors
Special Thanks for Achieving Results award from the Department of the Interior

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