A new find for me at the weekend, this is Eysarcoris venustissimus or the Woundwort Shieldbug, in the 19th century this was considered rare, but now is widespread in southern and central regions of the UK. They can be found on Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) or as in this case White Dead-nettle (Lamium album).
Probably one of the most attractive Shieldbugs I have found, I love the bronze/copper tones and white markings, this one was sheltering right in the heart of this White Dead-nettle, although looking at the spines on this leaf I'm not sure if it was a Dead Nettle, I didn't get stung by this one.
Really chuffed as decided to go to Melton Car Boot sale today and picked up a Motic Microscope for £5, it goes up to x20 magnification and is portable enough to pack for a day trip, also a very solid construction, should come in quite useful for looking at Collembola and other stuff, may eventually get a more expensive and powerful scope, but for now this will do nicely.
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