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Peribalus strictus Vernal Shieldbug
Family: Pentatomidae

A fairly large greenish-brown shieldbug which is covered in dark punctures. The antennae are distinctively banded, with the final two segments largely black. Note also the pale tip to the scutellum, the banded connexivum and the rather concave margins of the pronotum behind the eyes. Previously known as Holcostethus strictus vernalis.

This species has always been rare and many historic records probably relate to migrants, although the bug seems to have been established
in Kent and Sussex at several sites. All records after the 1950s are from the south coast and indicate renewed attempts at colonisation. Recent repeat records from the Boscombe area of Bournemouth suggest that the species is now established there.

Adult: all year
Length 9.5-11 mm
Peribalus strictus
Adult: Dorset (June 2012) ©Michael Skelton


Peribalus strictus


Adult: Dorset (June 2012) ©Michael Skelton