Agrilus cyanescens


Length 4.5 to 7 mm. Sometimes known as the Metallic wood-boring Beetle, this species usually has a metallic blue-green appearance.

Identification difficulty

Sometimes associated with Honeysuckle.

When to see it

Spring to autumn.

Life History

The larvae are found in Honeysuckle, where they live just under the bark, but will also use other hosts.

UK Status

Uncommon in Britain though it seems to be increasing its range and numbers.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Knighton specimen of 20th June 2015 is the first record of this species occurring in our area (VC55), but the species is increasing its range and has been recently discovered in both Warwickshire and Northants.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map