Mint Leaf Beetle - Chrysolina herbacea

Alternative names
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


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

UK Map