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Although shown as a species, it is now thought that scutatus is a species complex. Voucher specimens are usually collected when precise identification is required. Sensu lato means 'in the broadest sense' and is a term used to describe a species group. Where the image has not received expert verification, which is necessary to be certain of accuracy in this species, it is highlighted with a red box. For that reason it is only claimed as likely to be this species.
Woodland margins and dense hedgerows.
March to November peaking in June and August/September.
The larvae may be found on herbaceous vegetation and shrubs.
P. scutatus is common throughout Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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