New garden species

Vernal schieldbug ♀︎♂︎
-Dame's rocket-

Last update: 6 March 2020
OBSERVATION:
2019-VI-222019-VI-01

A new shieldbug species in the garden, the Vernal shieldbug (Peribalus strictus) [1, 2].

Vernal shieldbug (Peribalus strictus), mating

In the garden I found this species mainly in Dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) where were pairs present. I counted five specimen but possibly there are more because they are smaller and not very conspicuous.

Vernal shieldbug (Peribalus strictus), mating
Vernal shieldbug (Peribalus strictus) on Dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Vernal shieldbug (Peribalus strictus) on Dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis)

References

1 Nederlands Soortenregister

2 Aukema, B., Th. Heijerman & V.J. Kalkman 2016. Veldgids wantsen deel 1. – EIS Kennis­ centrum Insecten, Leiden.

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