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Rhaphigaster nebulosa Mottled Shieldbug
Family: Pentatomidae

A large shieldbug which has banded antennae and distinctive dark mottled markings on the wing membrane, although these are variable in extent. May superficially resemble Dolycoris baccarum, but lacks hairs.

First recorded in Britain from the London area in 2010, following population expansion on the near continent. Found to be well-established in parts of south London during 2011, with further records in London since.

A polyphagous species associated with a range of decidous trees on the continent.

Adult: All year
Length 14-16 mm


Rhaphigaster nebulosa
Adult: south London (September 2011) ©Tristan Bantock

Rhaphigaster nebulosa Rhaphigaster nebulosa
Adult: south London (September 2011) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: south London (September 2011) ©Penny Frith
Rhaphigaster nebulosa Rhaphigaster nebulosa
Early instar nymph: south London (July 2011) ©Penny Frith
Late instar nymph: south London (August 2011) ©Penny Frith