Imported Willow Leaf Beetle - Plagiodera versicolora


    Adults are metallic-green/blue about 4 or 5 mm long. The underside, femora and tibiae are black, as are the tips of the antennae. The pronotum is slightly narrower than the shoulders of the elytra.

    Identification difficulty

    Mostly in places where Willows grow.

    When to see it

    Three generations from spring to late August.

    Life History

    The hibernating adults begin to emerge in the spring when foliage appears. These adults feed on the new leaves; cutting holes in them, before laying the eggs that become the second generation. It is the third generation that usually hibernate, although a few may breed to start a late fourth generation.

    UK Status

    More common in the southern half of England than the rest of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequnt in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 34 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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

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