Woundwort Shieldbug – Eysarcoris venustissimus (Synonym – Eysarcoris fabricii)


Woundwort-shieldbug (Eysarcoris fabricii) Adult, Herts. May 2008 ©Tristan-Bantock

Family: Pentatomidae

Adult Size:  Length: ca. 5.0 to 7.0 mm.

Identifying features:

Eysarcoris venustissimus is a small greenish-grey species. The head and the front of both the pronotum and scutellum are a metallic magenta, with a green-bronze sheen, while the connexivum is marked with black and white.

Habitat: Hedgerows, wasteland and woodland edges.

Months seen:

There is one generation per year;

Adult: All year

Larvae: Late June until as late as October, forming a colony feeding on the seeds of Hedge Woundwort and sometimes other plants in the Labiateae such as white dead-nettle.

New adults may be found from August onwards and over-wintering probably takes place within leaf-litter.


Eysarcoris venustissimus adult with final instar



Eysarcoris venustissimus nymph © AJC1l UK, CC-BY-SA-2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Distribution: Common and widespread in in southern and central Britain as far north as Yorkshire, in hedgerows and woodland edges.

North Merseyside distribution Map

Please note the numbers refer to records not individuals.

 Similar species

Eysarcoris aeneus lacks the dark metallic blotch on the scutellum, but has a distinct pale spot in each of the basal corners of that area.

Bantock (2018)

Bantock & Botting (2018)

Bradley (2017)

Evans  & Edmondson (2005)

Judd (2009 & 2010)

Pendleton & Pendleton (1997—2018)

Wikiwand (2018)

Wikimedia Commons (2018)