Small Grass Shieldbug - Neottiglossa pusilla

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map