I just found a few of these on my mint plants — does anybody know what they are?

They're shiny gold and white. My best guess from the shape is some sort of shield bug, but I can't find any match at https://www.britishbugs.org.uk/gallery/heteroptera/Pentatomoidea/pentatomoidea.html or any other place I've looked.

Location is southern England.

I'm not particularly bothered if they're harmful to the mint, as it's in a wild section and is mainly there to attract bees, but I would like to know what they are…

Mystery bug on mint flower

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    Its difficult to see it clearly in the image, hard to say what it is, but the sideways view of it does resemble some type of shield bug.
    – Bamboo
    Sep 17 at 11:21
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    I think you're right. Try using the Seek phone app by iNaturalist. Sep 20 at 3:26
  • Ah, thanks — I didn't know about the Seek app. It helpfully identifies that photo as mint, but zooming in suggest it's a woundwort shield bug (Eysarcoris venustissimus).
    – John Y
    Sep 21 at 8:55

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