Least Shieldback (Atlanticus monticola)

Least Shieldback (Atlanticus monticola) © Fran Tole (iNaturalist)

Found in dry places among dead leaves and undergrowth of deciduous woods, the Least Shieldback is a predator and scavenger of other insects, but will also feed on live vegetation.

Also called Davis’ Shield-bearer, Mountain Shield-bearer.

Conservation Status

Global: GNR


Not completely known; probably overwinters in egg state with nymphs hatching in spring and maturation occurring throughout late spring and early summer. Presumed to persist until frost. Adult specimens have been collected from early June until early October.

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Vermont Distribution

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