Scarab Shieldbug - Thyreocoris scarabaeoides

Alternative names
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.

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map