Turtle Shieldbug Podops inuncta (Fabricius, 1775)
This small, brown and inconspicuous Shieldbug is still a rare find in Nottinghamshire, but the number of county records have increased. Nottinghamshire's first record of Podops inuncta seems to be from Bentinck Banks in 2007 (Kirby, P.), followed by records from Gedling CP in May 2013 (Flanagan, J.), North Muskham in March 2022 and from Gunhorpe in 2023 (both Pendleton, T.A.). It should continue to turn up at other Nottinghamshire sites in the future.

Podops inuncta (the Turtle Shieldbug is a ground dwelling species and not often found unless specifically looked for. The Gunthorpe record came from a leaf litter sample taken from underneath a single large Sallow in rough grassland and the North Muskham record, was from under a large piece of wood on the bank of the River Trent. There are several very similar species, but identification is made easier by the two projections on the pronotum, located either side of the eyes on this species.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Podops inuncta
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Jim Flanagan. Meg Skinner. Trevor Pendleton. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

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 2024

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