Cryptocephalus aureolus

    Description

    Length 6 to 8 mm. One of several similar species of metallic green beetles which have a short, cylindrical robust body and head hidden under the front edge of pronotum.

    Similar Species

    Cryptocephalus hypochaeridis looks very similar but has is more blue-green in colour.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Often on low branches of Hazel, Oak, Hawthorn, Willow and Birch, but also on flowers.

    When to see it

    Best time is late spring and summer.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent at least in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a only 4 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map