Brassica Shieldbug - Eurydema oleracea

Alt Name
Cabbage Bug

Length 6 to 7 mm. Species of Eurydema are dramatically coloured, usually red and black bugs, but often with other colour morphs. In E. oleracea the dark metallic green/blue-black ground colour is overlain with red, yellow, creamy white or orange markings.

Photo ID?

Larvae may be found May-July on a range of Brassicas including Garlic Mustard and Horse-radish.

When to see it

This bug overwinters as an adult, emerging in the spring.

UK Status

Infrequent but well distributed in southern and central England.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map