The dark elytra of this small (3mm) species usually have pairs of paler bronze patches. As with other 'flea' beetles it has swollen rear femora.
The small size of this beetles brings a photographic challenge but knowing the food plant it is found on is very helpful.
Areas where the host plants are found.
Spring and summer.
This flea beetle is usually associated with Deadly Nightshade, the larvae feeding on the roots and the adults on the leaves, but it sometimes uses the related plants, Henbane, Thorn-apple and Duke of Argyll's Tea Plant.
It is considered nationally scarce, but appears to be often found where the main food plant grows. Most records are from the south eastern corner of Britain.
It is uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutlandt. There were only 7 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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