Knobbed Shieldbug

Podops inuncta


Over all length 5 to 6mm. A small brown species that is normally ground dwelling. The scutellum is broad and flat and there is a knob-like projection on either side of the pronotum. The scutellum normally has three pale spots, one central and one to either side, at its base.


Often found under stones or reptile refugia. The nymphs feed on grasses.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in southern and central England. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire but often overlooked due to its size and habitat. Recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

All year.