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Eurydema ornata Ornate Shieldbug
Family: Pentatomidae

Species of Eurydema are dramatically coloured, usually red and black bugs, but often with other colour morphs. The red and black form of this species can be distinguished from the smaller E. dominulus by the presence of dark marks along the edge of the corium. E. ornata also has a pale morph in which the ground colour is whitish-yellow.

A relatively recent arrival in the UK, but now established in the Channel Isles, and in some coastal areas of Dorset and Hampshire and Sussex; it may also appear at other sites in south England. It spends the winter as an adult and feeds on crucifers, including cress, radish and cabbages.

Compare E. dominulus, E. oleracea

Adult: all year
Length 7-9 mm
Eurydema ornatum
Adult: ©Steve Covey

Eurydema ornatum Eurydema ornatum
Adult: Jersey ©Simon Robson

Adult: Dorset (August 2008) ©George Dunkling
Eurydema ornatum
Adults : ©Steve Gill