Mottled Shieldbug - Rhaphigaster nebulosa

Description

Length 14 to 16 mm.  A large shieldbug which has banded antennae and distinctive dark mottled markings on the wing membrane, although these are variable in extent. It may superficially resemble Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum), but lacks hairs.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

A polyphagous species associated with a range of deciduous trees on the continent.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

First recorded in Britain from the London area in 2010, following population expansion on the near continent. Found to be well-established in parts of south London during 2011 with further records in London since.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, the Magna Park record on 5th April 2018 is the first record of this species in VC55.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map