Came in with some of the greenery I brought in to make a table decoration.
No interactions present.
This attractive insect is the Juniper Shieldbug, which can also feed on cypresses and has become more widespread. It will overwinter on various trees and shrubs. See:
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Hi John, beat you to it by a few seconds!
Kitenet just beat me to it. How do I remove mine? We don't need both.
Was any of the greenery Cupressus? Juniper shieldbugs have been doing very well in the last three decades on garden junipers, and I think they overwinter in the cones of Cupressus.
Yes, there was some cupressus in the mix of leaves. Does this confirm that it will be the juniper shieldbug?
It's definitely Juniper Shieldbug from its appearance, but the Cupressus is probably where it was hiding.
John, there isn't any way of removing identifications at the moment, as we think it is important to see the full discussion that goes on in order to reach an agreed (or not!) identification. Although having a second entry for the same species is a bit untidy, it doesn't cause any real problems.
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