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Southern Green Shield Bug, Nezara viridula


Short description of Nezara viridula, Southern Green Shield Bug

Adults of the Southern Green Shieldbug Nezara viridula are similar to the Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina and are best distinguished by the pale wing membrane and uniformly pale green colouration, which lacks dark punctures. The base of the scutellum has a row of 3-5 white spots and a small black spot in each corner. In some individuals the head and front margin of the pronotum can be cream-coloured. Nymphs have four rows of white spots on the abdomen and the edges of the pronotum and abdomen are usually strikingly marked with pink.

Description of Nezara viridula, Southern Green Shield Bug status in GB

Established in parts of southern England, particularly in the London area.

Habitat summary: Nezara viridula, Southern Green Shield Bug

Most frequently found in man-made habitats such as parks, gardens, waste ground and particularly on allotments

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Africa, Asia-Tropical, Southern America, Southwestern Europe, Ethiopia
Functional type: Herbivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Location of first record: King's Cross (21)
Date of first record: 2003

Distribution map

Map of the UK with areas shaded to show the UK distribution of Southern Green Shield Bug

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

Tristan Bantock

Last updated:

March 30th, 2011

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