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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.
Altica lythri feeds on the Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum).
Usually seen in spring and summer.
Very common in southern Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 148 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
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