Altica lythri - Altica lythri

Description

This flea beetle is almost identical to Altica palustris and they can only be distinguished by dissection. It has powerful back legs enabling it to jump.

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Habitat

Altica lythri feeds on the Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum).

When to see it

Usually seen in spring and summer.

UK Status

Very common in southern Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 148 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map