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. Neottiglossa
pusilla is a small species, which prefers
damp grassland. Warsop Main Pit Top in 2006 and Clipstone
Old Quarter in 2009 are two sites from where we have
recorded this species.