Scarab Shieldbug - Thyreocoris scarabaeoides

    Alt Name
    Negro Bug

    Length 3 to 4 mm. A small metallic black or bronze shieldbug with a very large scutellum which covers most of the abdomen.

    Identification difficulty

    Associated with violets growing on dry sandy or chalky soils in sunny situations (including coastal dunes), where it can be found in moss or litter.

    When to see it

    Adult: All year.

    UK Status

    Locally distributed across much of southern Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Ketton record of 4th May 2014 is possibly the first record for VC55.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map