Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus (Fabricius, 1794)
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A common group of insects are Shieldbugs, named after their heraldic shield-like shape and belonging to the order Hemiptera. They frequent most types of vegetation and although most feed on their foliage and berries etc, some species are carnivorous. Shieldbugs go through several stages of growth called nymphs, which are as frequently found as the adults and a few species exhibit brood care. Shieldbugs are also fairly regular visitors to MV moth traps. Not surprisingly, this shieldbug seems to be common wherever Gorse (Ulex sp) grows. Budby South Forest is perhaps the best place to find it, but we have also found good numbers on Broom (Cytisus scoparius) on Warsop Pit Top.
Recently emerged adult photographed at Oak Tree Heath, Mansfield early July 2011.
Adult with the typical pinkish colouration obtained during the late Summer, photographed at Warsop Main Pit Top August 2006.   Post over-wintering adult just starting to develop it's Spring colouration. Photographed at Budby Common in February 2007.
Adults photographed at Budby South Forest August 2009.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Piezodorus lituratus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Darren Matthews. Tim Sexton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. NBGRC. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Pauline Bradford. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Sorby Natural History Society. Charlie Barnes. NBGRC. Paul and Helen Brock. John and Denise Bingham. Jim Flanagan. David Shaw. Brian Wetton. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

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Updated January 2024

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