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|Troilus luridus Bronze Shieldbug
A large predatory shieldbug which has an orange band on the penultimate antennal segment. The legs are brown and the scutellum lacks an orange tip.
There is one generation per year, the nymphs feeding on plants as well as the larvae of other insects, particularly caterpillars. New adults may be found from July onwards.
A woodland species which is associated with both deciduous and coniferous trees and occurs widely across Britain and Ireland.
Adult: All year
Length 10-12 mm
|Adult: Surrey (September 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: north London (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock||Adult: south London (September 2007) ©Joe Botting
|Eggs: Surrey (July 2009) ©Ashley Wood
||First instar nymphs: (July 2007) ©Jon Law (Improved Image)
|Early instar nymph: (July 2006) ©Jon Law (Improved Image)
||Mid instar nymph: Berks (July 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson
|Mid instar nymph: Herts (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
||Final instar nymph: (September 2006) ©Jon Law (Improved Image)|
|Final instar nymph: Kent (September 2009) ©John Jeffery
||Final instar nymph: Lincs (July 2007) ©Adrian Royle