Brassica Shieldbug - Eurydema oleracea

    Alt Name
    Cabbage Bug

    Length 6 to 7 mm. Species of Eurydema are dramatically coloured, usually red and black bugs, but often with other colour morphs. In E. oleracea the dark metallic green/blue-black ground colour is overlain with red, yellow, creamy white or orange markings.

    Identification difficulty

    Larvae may be found May-July on a range of Brassicas including Garlic Mustard and Horse-radish.

    When to see it

    This bug overwinters as an adult, emerging in the spring.

    UK Status

    Infrequent but well distributed in southern and central England.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map