The tortoise-bug

26th August 2006, Saturday

An interesting shield bug in the family Scutelleridae that is adult at present is the tortoise-bug, Eurygaster testudinaria. This species seems to have been relatively scarce until the 1990s when it started to spread northwards and eastwards. It favours damp grassland where it feeds on the grasses themselves and various other plants.

The example in the picture was found in Marline Valley meadows in Hastings and is the first record I can find for East Sussex. I wonder if others may have come across it this year.