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Rambur's Pied Shieldbug
This species was first found in Britain during 2011 at two sites in Kent, following range expansion on the continent. There have since been further records from this county.
It is very similar to T. bicolor and feeds on the same host plants. Adults of T. sexmaculatus are best separated by:
-More extensively white margins of the pronotum
-A much darker (black) wing membrane
Final instar nymphs are much darker on the forebody than those of T. bicolor.
In all cases, bugs were associated with black horehound, the most frequent foodplant on the continent.
Adult: All year
Length 5.5-7.5 mm
|Adult: Kent (August 2011) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Kent (August 2011) ©Jason Elmore
||Adult T. bicolor (top) and T. sexmaculatus (below)
|Late instar nymph: Kent (August 2011) ©Tristan Bantock
||Late instar nymph: Kent (August 2011) ©Jason Elmore