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dominulus Scarlet Shieldbug
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
Kent (April 2009) ©John
|Adult: France (May 2015) ©Maria Justamond
||Adult: France (May 2015) ©Maria Justamond