Bordered Shieldbug - Legnotus limbosus

    Alt Name
    Legnotus limbatus

    Length 3.5 to 4.5 mm. A small black shieldbug with a pale edge to the corium which almost reaches the wing membrane.

    Similar Species

    The much rarer L. picipes (Heath Shieldbug) is similar, although only the basal edge of the corium is pale and the central lobe of the head is the same length as the outer two (clearly shorter in L. limbosus).

    Identification difficulty

    Associated with bedstraws (Galium sp) growing on dry friable soils in sunny situations, frequently burrowing into loose soil at the base of the foodplant.

    When to see it

    Adult: All year.

    UK Status

    Widespread in southern Britain, but unobtrusive, becoming scarcer further north and absent from Scotland and Ireland.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent or little recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland where there are probably less than half a dozen records.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map