Woundwort Shieldbug

Eysarcoris venustissimus


Body length 5 - 7mm. The head, front of the pronotum and scutellum are metallic copper. Much of the rest of the wing cases are whitish, with black punctures.


Hedgerows and woodland edge with dense herbaceous areas with Lamiaceae species, especially White Dead-nettle, Hedgerow Woundwort or Black Horehound.

Status and distribution

Once restricted to the south-east, this species is spreading north. It is now common and fairly widespread in the south and Midlands, up to Yorkshire. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to October.