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My walk of the fields at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park hadn’t turned up any migrating birds so I was having a poke around some trees before heading home when I found these two huddling together amongst the leaves. They’re Hawthorn shieldbug nymphs (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale) in their fifth and final form (instar) before they become adults. (You can see the various instars on the superb British Bugs website.)

220825 hawthorn shieldbugs final instar