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A large and distinctive purple-brown and greenish shieldbug which is covered with long hairs. The antennae and connexivum are banded black and white. During the winter, the ground colour becomes uniformly dull brown.
Overwinters as an adult, emerging in the spring. Nymphs, which are also hairy, may be found on numerous plants. The new generation is complete from August onwards.
Common and widepsread in many habitats throughout Britain, particularly hedgerows and woodland edges, becoming scarcer and mainly coastal in northern England and Scotland.
Adult: All year
Length 11-12 mm
Norfolk (May 2008) ©Tristan
Cambs (May 2007) ©Will
Essex (September 2008) ©Laurence
instar nymph: Yorks (August 2009) ©Joe
||Mid instar nymph: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock|
|Late instar nymph: south Wales (July 2006) ©Ian Tew||Late
instar nymph: Surrey (September 2007) ©Ashley