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Neottiglossa pusilla Small Grass Shieldbug
Family: Pentatomidae

A small brown species, with paler margins to the pronotum and abdomen, and a pale central stripe running down the pronotum and scutellum. The short head is rather flattened at the front.

In dry, open grasslands, feeding on various grasses, but usually in much lower numbers than Aelia acuminata.

Locally distributed  across southern and central England as far north as Yorkshire; recently recorded in Wales.

Adult: All year
Length 4-4.5 mm

see illustrated life stages chart
Neottiglossa pusilla
Adult: east London (June 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Neottiglossa pusilla Neottiglossa pusilla
Adult: east London (June 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Sussex (June 2006) ©Stuart Read
Neottiglossa pusilla Neottiglossa pusilla
Adult: east London (Sptember 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
Late instar nymph: Cornwall (August 2010) ©Ashley Wood