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Eysarcoris aeneus New Forest Shieldbug
Family: Pentatomidae

This small yellowish-brown shieldbug has distinctive pale spots at the basal angles of the scutellum; confusion with other species is unlikely. The larval foodplants are not entirely clear. Published associations with slender st john's wort Hypericum pulchrum are likely to be spurious. There is one generation per year; new adults may be found from August/September onwards. 
 
A very scarce species; all recent records are from damp heathland and acid grassland in the New Forest area of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Adult: All year
Length 5-6 mm

see illustrated life stages chart
Eysarcoris aeneus
Adult: New Forest, Hants: (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Eysarcoris aeneus Eysarcoris aeneus nymph
Adult: New Forest, Hants: (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Late instar nymph: New Forest, Hants: (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock