Cryptocephalus moraei


A distinctively marked black beetle with four patches on the elytra which vary in colour from yellow to deep orange. There is one patch on the side and one at the rear of each elytron.

Identification difficulty

Usually found on St John's-wort.

When to see it

Spring and summer.

Life History

Associated with St John's-wort.

UK Status

Fairly widespread south of The Wash but scarcer further north.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 8 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map