I have some tiny, bright-green beetles on Granny Bonnet seed heads in Cornwall, UK. The insects have black heads and 3 black/yellow stripes across the back. They are ladybird shaped but much smaller. Any ideas what these might be?

  • $\begingroup$ I can’t help you personally, but I recommend trying the app Seek on the App Store. I find it to be very helpful and it probably could identify them. I recommend taking a picture and then going to images in the identification camera, it is much faster. $\endgroup$
    – AntGuy
    Commented Jul 10, 2021 at 0:07
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    $\begingroup$ You could use an app and self-answer your question if you get a result, but I do think having a good quality picture will greatrly improve your chances of getting an answer here! See also biology.stackexchange.com/tags/species-identification/info $\endgroup$
    – Bryan Krause
    Commented Jul 10, 2021 at 0:21

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My guess is the nymph of some species of shield bug, such as the Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina)

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Source: Wildlifeinsight.com

According to Wikipedia:

Green shield bugs are a very common shield bug throughout Europe, including Great Britain & Ireland, and are found in a large variety of habitats, including gardens.


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