Small Grass Shieldbug - Neottiglossa pusilla


Length 4 to 4.5 mm.  This small shieldbug is pale brown, with paler margins to the pronotum and abdomen, and a pale central stripe running down the pronotum and scutellum. The short head is rather flattened at the front.; the new generation of adults is complete by August.

Identification difficulty

Grassy places where Poa species are present.

When to see it

Adult: All year.

Life History

Nymphs feed on meadow grasses (Poa sp.).

UK Status

Locally distributed in grasslands across southern and central England.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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