Mint Leaf Beetle - Chrysolina herbacea

    Alt Name
    Chrysolina menthastri

    Up to 10 mm long. The whole body is an iridescent green colour and peppered with tiny indentations.

    Identification difficulty

    Nearly always found on mint.

    When to see it

    Peak time seems to be August and September.

    Life History

    Both the larvae and the adult beetles feed on mint.

    UK Status

    Found mainly in the south and up to the Midlands of England and Wales. A few sightings in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in our area until 2016.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map