Chrysolina oricalcia


The elytra are black and have a generally domed appearance, studded by tiny dimples.

Identification difficulty

Found in hedgerows, roadside verges and woodland rides, favouring umbellifer flowers such as Cow Parsley and Hogweed.

When to see it

Around mid summer is the peak period of adult activity.

UK Status

This species is fairly widespread but local throughout England, with most records coming from the south.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland, although probably increasing in our area. There were a total of 9 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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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