Altica lythri

Description

This flea beetle is almost identical to other Altica  species and they can only be distinguished by dissection, preferably from a male. Like other 'flea' beetles it has powerful back legs enabling it to jump.

Similar Species

There are seven native Altica species and none can be reliably identified from physical characters.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

This species will not be accepted without 'gen det' - dissection of the male genitalia.

Habitat

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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Species profile

Species group:
Beetles
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Coleoptera
Family:
Chrysomelidae
Records on NatureSpot:
12
First record:
20/09/1998 (Derek Lott)
Last record:
13/04/2024 (Cooper, Barbara)

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