Aelia acuminata Bishop’s Mitre Shieldbug
A large and distinctive striped shieldbug with an obviously pointed head and ridged pronotum.
There is one generation per year, adults mating and laying eggs in spring and early summer. The larvae feed on the ripening seeds of a range of grasses in the Poaceae; new adults may be found from August onwards. Nymphs may be confused with the smaller Neottiglossa pusilla.
Widespread and common across southern Britain in tall and rank dry grassland habitats, including sand dunes.
Adult: All year
Length 8-9 mm… Britishbugs