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Unknown beetle? (Pied shieldbug Tritomegas bicolor)

Observed: 1st June 2013 By: cromagnon
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Description:

5mm long, on mid vein of nettle leaf, 1m from path in city park. 3.30pm on sunny, breezy day. Overhanging elder and ?hawthorn; 30m from Thames bank.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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More information

Judging by the pattern, I would say this is a fourth instar nymph. Nettle is a recorded food plant for this species.

http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/idcards/life_stages.html
http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Cydnidae/tritomegas_bicolor.html

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Looks right!

Brilliant - thanks!