Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina

The Green Shieldbug, commonly seen in gardens as well as the wider countryside, overwinters as an adult. Although usually conspicuously green, in the autumn they darken and become well-camouflaged as they hibernate amongst dead leaves. When they become active again in the spring, they gradually return to their green colouration.

Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina, New Parks, 8 November 2015 ©Rosemary Winnall

 

Horned Treehopper, Centrotus cornutus

This strange-looking homopteran is about 10mm long and can be found infrequently in Wyre’s woodland. The very long pronotum and ear-like projections are distinctive features. It feeds on plant juices, overwinters as a nymph and has a 2 year life cycle. The adults can be found between April and August.

Centrotus cornutus, Wimperhill, 9 May 2015 ©Rosemary Winnall

Centrotus cornutus, Wimperhill, 9 May 2015 ©Rosemary Winnall

Bronze Shieldbug, Troilus luridus

Jon Cartwright spotted this Bronze Shieldbug eating a Peacock butterfly caterpillar in Wyre recently. The adults of this species always have an orange band on the penultimate antennal segment. The young nymphs feed on plants, but the adults predate insect larvae, especially caterpillars and beetle larvae.

Bronze Shieldbug, Troilus luridus, Button Bridge, 21 June 2014

 

Woundwort Shieldbug – Eysarcoris venustissimus

At this time of the year any patch of Hedge Woundwort is worth checking for the Woundwort Shieldbug (4-7mm), although it might also be found on White Dead-nettle and other labiates. The adults breeding now have overwintered, and the new adults will be found in August.

Woundwort Shieldbug, Eysarcoris venustissimus, Ribbesford Woods, 31st May 2014