Cambridge, Gwydir Street. Young nymphs 17 Jun 2007 (Enlarge).
Mid stage nymph 1 Sep 2007 (Enlarge).
Final stage nymph 10 Sep 2007 (Enlarge).
The final stage is quite variable, photos from other locations ofter show it mainly green
with the connexivum pink.
Thought to be originally from Ethiopia, N. viridula is now cosmopolitan
in tropical regions and well known in southern Europe. Although it is often introduced to Britain
on plant material, Southwood & Leston (1959) opined that it was "unlikely" to be established
here - but breeding colonies have been reported in London since 2004. These photos give
evidence of at least one generation produced in Cambridge. It remains to be seen whether
it can survive our modern so-called winters.
A wide variety of host plants are used. These were on or near a willow (Salix
Adults are like a slender Palomena prasina but green overall - there are also
golden orange morphs.