After a day of persistent rain, I did go out for a walk yesterday evening quite late but with still a last few rays of sun before it went down. I spotted several of these creatures sunning themselves on Sycamore keys and leaves. They are immature Shieldbugs – possibly in the final instar before developing wings as adults. I tried to find out what sort. They may be Forest Shieldbugs (Pentastoma rufipes) which are really a continental species that has colonised further north into Britain because of increasingly warm weather. On the other hand there are similarities to the young stages of the Hairy or Sloe Shieldbug (Dolycoria baccarum).