Woundwort Shieldbug

The Woundwort Shieldbug (Eysarcoris venustissimus) is a member of the Pentatomidae family of insects. They are quite small, typically between 5 and 8mm in length but can sometimes be spotted glistening on nettles and woundwort plants on sunny days. This specimen was found on the Village Green in 2016. They have patches of metallic bronze on the head, the front of the pronotum, and the front of the scutellum.

Although thought to be rare in the 19th century, they are now quite widespread in southern and central England and can be found as far north as Yorkshire.

There is one generation per year, adults mating and laying eggs in spring and early summer. The larvae feed on Hedge Woundwort and White Dead-nettle. New adults may be found from August onwards.