Tingis ampliata (Lacebug) River Cam

Tingis ampliata
Family: Tingidae

Tingis species are grey-brown lacebugs covered in white powdery deposits made of wax. The 4th antennal segment is broader than 3rd and there are three frontal processes (small projections arising between the antennae).

T. ampliata is distinguished by the four rows of meshes at the margin of the pronotum and forewings. The two projections arising just behind the eyes (occipital processes) extend beyond the base of the frontal processes (see right). It is a common species on creeping thistle throughout much of Britain.

Overwinters as an adult and aggregates on the foodplant in the spring and early summer.

Cercopis vulnerata Red-and-black Froghopper (RSPB Lakenheath)

Cercopis vulnerata Red-and-black Froghopper
Family: Cercopidae

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

Eurydema oleracea Brassica Shieldbug (RSPB Lakenheath)

Eurydema oleracea Brassica Shieldbug
Family: Pentatomidae

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.

Aphanus rolandri (kings Forest Suffolk)

Aphanus rolandri
Family: Lygaeidae

A large and very distinctive black ground bug with a dark red or orange spot at the base of the wing membrane; confusion with other species is unlikely.

A. rolandri has been found in a variety of dry, sheltered and well-drained habitats which have a thin covering of leaf litter or stones, such as chalk pits, cliffsides and (historically) cultivated arable fields. Adults overwinter, becoming active in the spring. The new generation is complete by August.

A scarce species known primarily from the south of England between Cornwall and Kent, with a scatter of records as far north as north Norfolk and the midlands.

Adult: All year
Length 6-8 mm… British Bugs

Heteroptera (type of shieldbug)


This is another type of shield bug .

Heteroptera is a group of about 40,000 species of insects in the Hemiptera. Sometimes called “true bugs”,that name more commonly refers to Hemiptera as a whole, and “typical bugs” might be used as a more unequivocal alternative since among the Hemiptera the heteropterans are most consistently and universally termed “bugs”. “Heteroptera” is Greek for “different wings”: most species have forewings with both membranous and hardened portions (called hemelytra); members of the primitive Enicocephalomorpha have wings that are completely membranous. Wikipedia



Pictured on a Sunflower