Cryptocephalus pusillus


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

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.

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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