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|Eurydema oleracea Brassica Shieldbug
Species of Eurydema are dramatically coloured, usually red and black bugs, but often with other colour morphs. In E. oleracea the dark metallic green/blue-black ground colour is overlain with red, yellow, cream or orange markings.
This bug overwinters as an adult, emerging in the spring. Larvae, which are similar to those of the rarer E. dominulus, may be found May-July on a range of hostplants in the Brassicaceae. These include jack-by-the-hedge, garlic mustard and horse-radish. Well distributed in southern and central England.
Compare E. ornatum, E. dominulus
Adult: All year
Length 6-7 mm
|Red & pale form adults: Jersey (May 2008) ©Tim Ransom
|Pale form adult: (July 2007) ©Ian Tew
||Pale form adult: Berks (May 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson
|Red form adult: London (April 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Red & pale form adults: west London (August 2006) ©Sarah Barnes|
|Nymph: north London (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock||Nymph: London (August 2008) ©Laurence Counter