Large Flax Flea Beetle - Aphthona euphorbiae

    Description

    This is a tiny (1.5 to 2 mm) black beetle with a greenish or bluish tinge. The elytra are finely punctate.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    A pest of flax and linseed, the adults can also be found on the leaves of a range of other plants including apple and strawberry.

    When to see it

    Spring and summer.

    Life History

    Larvae feed on the roots of plants such as flax and linseed, and can damage the plants.

    UK Status

    Widespread and locally common in England.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 117 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map