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Eurydema dominulus Scarlet Shieldbug
Family: Pentatomidae

Species of Eurydema are dramatically coloured, usually red and black bugs, but often with other colour morphs. E. dominulus is similar to the larger E. ornatum, but the margin of the corium is entirely red.

This bug overwinters as an adult, emerging in the spring. Larvae may be found May-July on a range of hostplants in the Brassicaceae, inlcuding Cuckoo flower and Lesser swine cress. growing in woodland rides and clearings. A very scarce species which has declined considerably, with just a few recent records from parts of Kent and Sussex.

Compare E. oleracea, E. ornatum

Adult: All year
Length 6-7 mm

see illustrated life stages chart
Eurydema dominulus
Adult: Kent (April 2009) ©John Jeffery