Green Tortoise Beetle Cassida viridis (Linnaeus, 1758) 
One of several species of Tortoise Beetle found in Nottinghamshire, Cassida viridis is certainly not widespread and is probably most likely to be found along the Trent Valley. There may well be an element of under-recording, but it can be easily found at Colwick CP by searching Gypsywort Lycopus europaeus  growing at the edge of the Trout lake. The larva (like other Cassida larvae) will carry its faeces and previous moults as protection, but is often quick to discard them.
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Cassida viridis pupa, photographed at Colwick CP July 2020
 
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Cassida viridis larva, photographed at Colwick CP June 2020
 
 
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cassida viridis  
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Wil Heeney. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottingham City Council.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated June 2020

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