Whilst out on a habitat survey my eye was drawn down ta’wards a small bug shaped object hiding in the vegetation. I wasn’t supposed to be looking for inverts but i can’t help myself, immediately i jumped own to get a better look at the critter, something i hadn’t seen so a photo was taken and i carried on wondering the land, clip board in hand.
Later whilst looking though shield bugs online, i found a match, the wound-wort shield bug. Cracking and…. tick.
|Wound-wort Shield Bug|
542 Woundwort Shield Bug
543 Common Striped Woodlouse
544 Apion frumentarium
Later on, survey complete i headed into the Dumble to carry on looking for saproxylics. A tap of a dead elder branch later and two beasts popped onto my home made beating tray. A nice new woodlouse and a red weevil which i have hopefully got right at Apion frumentarium.