Scientific Name: Odontotarsus purpureolineatus (Scutelleridae).
English Name: a shield bug (Shield Bug family).
French Name: La Pentatome à raies pourpre (='purple striped shield bug').
5 Key Characters:
- 'shoulders' do not come to a sharp point.
- the dark stripes which extend to the rear are relatively far apart.
- 8 - 10 mm long.
- shaped like an oval with pointed head and rear.
- colour varies from yellowy brown to reddish brown.
Lookalikes: O. robustus, which has pointy 'shoulders' which extend well beyond the abdomen and dark stripes at the rear which are close together. It is a bit larger than O. purpureolineatus and has a more southerly distribution.
Adult Active Period: August-September.
Status: Not uncommon.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: