Turtle Shieldbug - Podops inuncta

    Alternative names
    Turtle Bug and as Podops inunctus

    Length 5 to 6 mm. A fairly small shieldbug with two unmistakeable features; a long tongue-like scutellum which reaches the rear of the abdomen and two small projections on the pronotum at each side of the head.

    Identification difficulty

    Found in dry and damp habitats, it is strongly ground-dwelling and rarely found unless searched for.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    There is one generation per year, adults mating and laying eggs in spring/early summer. The larvae feed on a range of grasses.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common across southern and central England

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland where there are probably fewer than 10 records.

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