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Southern Green Shieldbug
A recent arrival in the UK, this large shieldbug differs from the much commoner Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina by the 3-5 white spots along the front edge of the scutellum and by the two dark marks at its corners. This species is uniformly green, lacking dark puncture marks, and the wing membrane is pale (but see freshly emerged P. prasina). In some individuals, the head and front margin of the pronotum is cream-coloured.
Native to Africa, but frequently imported to the UK in food produce, it is widespread in southern Europe and has been recorded annually from sites in southern Britain since 2003 on various foodplants including tomato, beans, golden-rod, Viburnum and hemp agrimony. Given climatic warming and the current tendency for milder winters, its establishment seems likely.
Adult: All year
Length 11-15 mm
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|Adult: ©Steve Gill
|Adult: north London (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adults: north London (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Early instar nymphs: Cambs (June 2007) ©Keith Edkins
||Mid instar nymph: ©Steve Gill
|Mid instar nymph: ©Steve Gill
||Final instar nymph: Cambs (September 2007) ©Keith Edkins|
|Final instar nymph: ©Steve Gill
||Final instar nymph: north London (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock|