Oulema obscura - Oulema obscura

Description

A small (3 to 4 mm) beetle. It is greeny black in colour; the elytra have studded rows running down their length.

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Habitat

Amongst cereal crops and in grassy places.

When to see it

Most often seen in spring and summer.

Life History

Both the adult beetle and its larvae feed on grass and cereal leaves, chewing them to only the skeleton remains. It can be an agricultural pest.

UK Status

Quite common and widespread throughout Britain, particularly in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 44 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map