Asparagus Beetle - Crioceris asparagi


    The beetle is just under a centimetre long, metallic blue-black in colour with cream or yellow spots on its red-bordered elytra.

    Identification difficulty

    Found on plants that are members of the Asparagus family.

    When to see it

    June and July.

    Life History

    Life cycle revolves around plants of the Asparagus family.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England and common where the host plants are available, less well recorded from elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Local in Leicestershire and Rutland depending on the presence of the host plants. There were a total of 10 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map