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|Eurydema ornata Ornate
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. These take the form of a black mark with a washed out grey area behind it (arrowed right). This washed out area is lacking in the similar E. ventralis, a continental species not yet known in Britain.
E. ornata also has a pale morph in which the ground colour is whitish-yellow.
Adults and nymphs feed on various Brassicaceae. A fairly recent arrival in the UK, but now established in some coastal areas between Devon and Sussex, with scattered records from other parts of southern England and East Anglia.
Compare E. dominulus, E. oleracea
Adult: all year
Length 7-9 mm
Devon (April 2020) ©Amanda
|Adult: Surrey (May 2016) ©David Element
(August 2008) ©George Dunkling
|Adults : ©Steve Gill