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Species of Eurydema are dramatically coloured, usually red and black bugs, but often with other colour morphs. In E. oleracea the dark metallic green/blue-black ground colour is overlain with red, yellow, cream or orange markings.
This bug overwinters as an adult, emerging in the spring. Larvae, which are similar to those of the rarer E. dominulus, may be found May-July on a range of hostplants in the Brassicaceae such as garlic mustard and horse-radish. Well distributed in southern and central England, with recent records from south Wales.
Compare E. ornatum, E. dominulus
Adult: All year
Length 6-7 mm
pale form adults:
Jersey (May 2008) ©Tim
form adult: (July 2007) ©Ian
form adult: Berks (May 2009) ©Jonathan
|Red form adult: London
(April 2008) ©Tristan
||Red & pale form adults: west London (August 2006) ©Sarah Barnes|
|Nymph: north London (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock||Nymph:
London (August 2008) ©Laurence