Gallery - Shield bugs
Bold colour warns of foul taste, Found in southern Europe and Channel Islands were I found these on Jersey
it mainly feeds on grasses, usually in dry places, dormant in winter
In sandy areas and feeding on a wide range of plants. Mainly on coastal dunes.
Bright looking bug
Distinguished from most Shield bugs by its rather square "Shoulders" and almost rectanglar pronotum.
The red colour is present only in young adults. After hibernation the insects are yellowish green.Manly on Gorse but sometimes on Broom and other leguminous plants.
Abundant on trees and shrubs.
Seen on a wide range of herbaceous plants as well as blackthorn and other rosaceous shrubs.
Troilus luridus is a common shieldbug all over Europe, but never seen in very great numbers.
Normally feeds on wild crucifers but sometimes will attack cultivated brassicas
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