Gorse Shieldbug

Size:          10-13mm

Adult:             All Year

Foodplant:        Gorse

Overview: A large shieldbug with two adult colour forms one of which is shades of green and the other can have red markings. Those emerging and mating in the spring are predominantly green, whereas the new generation appearing in the late summer have purple-red markings. As in many other shieldbugs, this species frequently becomes darker prior to hibernation.
Although often associated with gorse, larvae also feed on broom.

Common and widespread throughout Britain, in many habitats where gorse is present.
Can be seen on sunny days in spring, basking on the flowers of the gorse.

Where to See: Can be found wherever Gorse bushes are growing, for example, on the drier areas around the marshland.

GORSE SHIELD-BUG
Piezodorus literatus

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