Willow Flea Beetle - Crepidodera aurata

Description

Size about 3 mm. This leaf flea beetle has an overall shiny metallic appearance and is bicoloured; the head and pronotum being a reddish or coppery bronze edged by green or blue, whilst the elytra are uniformly green or blue-green and are studded by rows of holes.

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Habitat

Frequents various species of Willow and may be found wherever Willows grow.

When to see it

All year round, but most active from spring to autumn.

Life History

There is a single generation and adults occur throughout the year, hibernating under bark or among debris etc around logs. They become active early in the spring and may be swept from trees around the time the leaf buds begin to open.

UK Status

Frequent and widely distributed below a line from north Wales to Middlesbrough, further north there are a few records from Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and Glasgow.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 61 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map