Altica lythri


    This flea beetle is almost identical to Altica palustris and they can only be distinguished by dissection. It has powerful back legs enabling it to jump.

    Identification difficulty

    Altica lythri feeds on the Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum).

    When to see it

    Usually seen in spring and summer.

    UK Status

    Very common in southern Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 148 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map