Common green shieldbug, Palomena prasina. Climate change has given a boost to this beetle which also benefits from having a broad diet. There are two species of green shieldbug in the UK – one native (the common green shieldbug) and one that arrived very recently from Europe (the southern green shieldbug, Nezara viridula). The common green shieldbug is bright green […]
Dock bug, Coreus marginatus. A large and mottled reddish-brown squashbug with a broad, oval abdomen. The two small projections between the antennae are diagnostic. Picture shows two bugs mating on a dock leaf. There is one generation per year, adults mating and laying eggs in spring. The nymphs feed predominantly on dock so you are likely to find them easily […]
Rhopalus subrufus. Length 7 to 7.5 mm. This genus of bug closely associated with shield bugs comprises four species in the UK; all are rather hairy bugs with largely membranous forewings. It is usually found in association with St John’s-worts in rough grassland, brownfield land and woodland clearings.