Green Shield Bug Palomena prasina Linnaeus (1761)
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Adult September to July
Length 12 - 13.5 mm
Description This species is a large shieldbug with reddish antennae (4th and 5th segments) and a dark wing membrane The Adults in spring and summer,are bright green but finely puntate with dark pits or "marks". Like many Shields they become a darker bronze-brown prior to winter hibernation.
Life Cycle One generation per year; the nymphs feed on many deciduous trees and shrubs, and can be found from June to October. Later nymphs are often darker than those found earlier in the season (selection below). Newly-emerged adults may show a pale wing membrane, leading to possible confusion with the Southern Green SB Nezara viridula, a recent arrival in the south of England.
Larvae. June - Early October feeding on a large variety of native and alien broad leaved trees
IMAGE ABOVE WITH PERMISSION (C) ASHLEY WOOD
Habitat Woodland Wasteground Parks and Gardens
A large green bug with slightly extended pronotum . The last two segments of the antenna are reddih in colour The bug turns reddy brown over winter and green again spring.
Turning Brown for Hibernation and Over Wintering
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