Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens (Linnaeus, 1758)
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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 Spiked Shieldbug (Picromerus bidens) is not a species we find until late in the Summer and throughout the Autumn, although it is probably fairly widespread across Nottinghamshire. This one was photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter in September 2010.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Picromerus bidens
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Pauline Bradford. Darren Matthews. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Sorby Natural History Society. NBGRC. David Shaw. Brian Wetton. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

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Updated January 2024

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