Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasina

Alternative names
Green Shieldbug

Length 12-13.5 mm. A large shieldbug with a dark wing membrane and reddish antennae (4th and 5th segments). Adults are bright green in the spring and summer but finely punctured with dark marks. They become a darker bronze-brown prior to winter hibernation.

Identification difficulty

May be found in many habitats, including parks and gardens.

When to see it

Adult: All year.

Life History

There is one generation per year; the nymphs feed on many deciduous trees and shrubs, particularly Hazel, and can be found from June to October. Later nymphs are often darker than those found earlier in the season. Newly-emerged adults may show a pale wing membrane.

UK Status

Common and widespread throughout Britain becoming scarcer further north.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Species profile

Common names
Green Shieldbug
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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
10/08/2005 (Cranfield, John)
Last record:
18/06/2024 (Pugh, Dylan)

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