Forget-me-not Shieldbug - Sehirus luctuosus

Description

Length 7 to 9 mm. A completely black shieldbug, sometimes with a bronzy sheen. The 2nd antennal segment is much paler than the rest.

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Habitat

This species is associated with forget-me-not (Myosotis sp.) particularly on light chalky soils with a warm open aspect.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

There is one generation per year and the new generation is complete by August. Feeds on forget-me-not seeds.

UK Status

Widespread but local in southern Britain, but probably overlooked due to its rather unobtrusive habits.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map