Striped Shield Bug

Striped Shield BugStriped Shield Bug

Latin name: Graphosoma lineatum

This is an unmistakable startling red and black parallel striped shield bug. The bold warning colours indicate that the insect is foul-tasting, protecting it from predators. It was first recorded in Alderney in October 2010 and several specimens have been found since, most of which in the Jubilee Garden. A few have been found in Jersey but none has been seen elsewhere in the Channel Islands or in the UK. The typical host plants are members of the Apiaceae family.

Status in UK: not recorded
Status in Alderney: rare
Status in Europe: common