This is a type of “shield bug”, so called because of the shape of their body. Shield bugs are also referred to as “stink bugs” because of the horrible liquid they emit when threatened.
Adults are bright green, shield shaped and have a hard elytra (wing casings). They have three white spots just below their shoulders. In slightly cooler areas the adults become a dirty purple colour as they go through winter.
The nymphs are more rounded and start off orange and brown. Later nymphs are black with white and orange markings, gradually becoming greener with each instar.
Adult size: 12 mm