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Cercopis vulnerata Red-and-black Froghopper
A truly unmistakable species, and one of our largest homopterans. The nymphs are rarely seen, as they feed on underground roots.
Adults are found in mainland Britain south of the Scottish Highlands, in a variety of wooded and open habitats.
Adult: April to August
Length 9-11 mm
A robust looking damselfly with a dark greyish abdomen and a blue “tail” in the male. The eyes of the male are deep red and the thorax in both sexes is bronze black on top. The female has short, yellowish ante-humeral lines.
Found in lakes, gravel pits, canals and slow-flowing rivers. The males often sit on water lily leaves defending their leaf from allcomers.
Eurydema oleracea Brassica Shieldbug
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. These include jack-by-the-hedge, garlic mustard and horse-radish. Well distributed in southern and central England.
One of several Cardinal Beetles, this species has a red head to distinguish it from P. coccinea which has a black head.
On flowers, trunks and stumps where it hunts other insects.
When to see it
Between May and July.
It is a predator.
Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales…Nature spot