Forget-me-not Shieldbug - Sehirus luctuosus

    Description

    Length 7 to 9 mm. A completely black shieldbug, sometimes with a bronzy sheen. The 2nd antennal segment is much paler than the rest.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    This species is associated with forget-me-not (Myosotis sp.) particularly on light chalky soils with a warm open aspect.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    There is one generation per year and the new generation is complete by August. Feeds on forget-me-not seeds.

    UK Status

    Widespread but local in southern Britain, but probably overlooked due to its rather unobtrusive habits.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map