Rambur's Pied Shieldbug Tritomegas sexmaculatus (Rambur, 1839)
Extremely similar to Pied Shieldbug (see differences below) Rambur's Pied Shieldbug first colonised the UK in 2011, when it was discovered at two sites in Kent. This shieldbug has also recently been found at two other Kent sites, at Canterbury (T. Bantock) and by ourselves at Dartford, during an invertebrate survey of a former landfill site.

This is potentially another shieldbug that could reach Nottinghamshire in the coming years, as it is already believed to be widespread in Kent and is probably north of the River Thames in Essex. Rambur's Pied Shieldbug is associated with Ballota nigra (Black Horehound) so plants in south Nottinghamshire, could well be worth searching in the coming years.

Separation of Rambur's Pied Shieldbug and Pied Shieldbug
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Tritomegas sexmaculatus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors -

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 January 2016

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