Pachyprotasis variegata - Pachyprotasis variegata

Description

This is one of five Pachyprotasis species found in Britain and one of the larger species at 8-9mm. The upper abdomen is largely black and the underside has conspicuoius black markings but the sides are white. The femora and most of the hind tibia are red in the female but black and white in the male.

Similar Species

Pachyprotasis simulans is similar but this smaller (6.5-7.5mm) and both male and female have black and white legs.

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Habitat

It can be an agricultural pest of potatoes.

Life History

The larvae are known to feed on potatoes in the UK but on the continent they feed on other plants too.

UK Status

This seems to be a scarce species in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map