About 10 millimetres long, this bug is easily recognisable by its black and red stripes, which warn predators of its unpleasant taste. If the bug feels threatened, it secretes a foul-smelling liquid, from which it gets is common name of “stink bug”.
Shield bugs thrive in large numbers in warm, sunny areas across most of Europe.
The bugs can be observed between May and September. They feed on sap from various plants, mainly umbellifers such as cow parsley.