Cryptocephalus pusillus

    Description

    A small leaf beetle of around 3mm. The males often have more or less extensive dark markings on the creamy yellow elytra, unlike the females.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Woodland and well wooded areas.

    When to see it

    Summer and autumn, persisting later than many similar species.

    Life History

    Grazes on the live leaves of various trees.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 10 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map