Bordered Shieldbug - Legnotus limbosus
Length 3.5 to 4.5 mm. A small black shieldbug with a pale edge to the corium which almost reaches the wing membrane.
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).
Associated with bedstraws (Galium sp) growing on dry friable soils in sunny situations, frequently burrowing into loose soil at the base of the foodplant.
Adult: All year.
Widespread in southern Britain, but unobtrusive, becoming scarcer further north and absent from Scotland and Ireland.
Infrequent or little recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland where there are probably less than half a dozen records.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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