Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina (Linnaeus, 1761)
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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. The Green Shieldbug is one of the most commonly encountered species and found on most types of vegetation.
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Adult coluration darkens during the late Autumn, often becoming totally brown over Winter. The top two photographs of these four show an adult assuming this darker colouration in mid-October 2012, with the bottom two photographs showing an adult in complete Winter colouration at Clipstone Old Quarter in late February 2010.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Palomena prasina
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Keith and Belinda Lugg. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Pauline Bradford. Wil Heeney. Martin Warne. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Meg Skinner. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Nottingham City Council. Sean Tobin. Darren Matthews. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Jim Flanagan. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Pauline Bradford. Sorby Natural History Society. NBGRC. Rob Johnson. Paul and Helen Brock. John and Denise Bingham.

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 April 2019

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