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Woundwort Shieldbug Eysarcoris venustissimus

The Woundwort Shieldbugreaches a length of 5 to 7 mm only. But it is a rather colourful species. The head and the shield are copperish. The shoulders are white on the front and greenish brown at the back. The rest of the body is also greenish-brown with a white part around the shield. The antenna is dark brown to black.

Adult bugs are seen all year round, winter included. Fresh adults from August onwards. The Woundwort Shieldbug is often found on two hostplants mainly. Of course it is seen on Woundwort, but it is also fond of White Dead-nettle. Every now and then it is seen on other plants of the Mint family. It is a fairly common species in the South of England, seen northwards to Yorkshire. A common species in most of Northern Africa and Europe, except for the northern part.

Scientifically this species is also known as Eysarcoris fabricii.