Plateumaris sericea - Plateumaris sericea

Description

Length 9 to 12 mm. Plateumaris sericea shows amazing colour variation, ranging from blackish-blue to red with heavily pitted elytra.

Similar Species

Plateumaris discolor is similar, but mainly found around acid waters.

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Habitat

Around ponds where the larval foodplants are present.

When to see it

Peak time is May to July.

Life History

The larval food plants are bur-reeds (Sparganium sp.).

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 26 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map