Gastrophysa polygoni - Gastrophysa polygoni

Description

This is a small and colourful leaf beetle, no more than 5mm in length, with metallic green wing cases and head, whilst the thorax is orange.

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Habitat

Found around its host plants.

When to see it

Spring and summer.

Life History

Associated with plants of the Polygonum genus, including bistorts, knotweeds, and knotgrass.

UK Status

Widespread and quite frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 35 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map