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Previously known as Eysarcoris fabricii, this is a small greyish-bronze species. The head and the front of both the pronotum and scutellum are copper coloured, while the connexivum is marked with black and white.
There is one generation per year; the nymphs feed on hedge woundwort and sometimes other plants in the Lamiaceae such as black horehound and nettles. New adults may be found from August onwards.
Although rare in the 19th century, this shieldbug is now widespread in southern and central Britain as far north as Yorkshire, although much scarcer in Wales and the west.
Adult: All year
Length 5-7 mm
Herts (May 2008) ©Tristan
Lincs (July 2007) ©Les
Berks (May 2008) ©Jonathan
(June 2009) ©Ashley
||Early instar nymph: Surrey (July 2008) ©Ashley Wood|
nymph: Berks (September 2008) ©Jonathan
||Mid instar nymph:
Surrey (July 2008) ©Ashley
nymphs: Berks (September 2008) ©Jonathan
||Final instar nymph: Essex (August 2007) ©Tristan Bantock|