A small (3 to 4 mm) beetle. It is greeny black in colour; the elytra have studded rows running down their length.
Amongst cereal crops and in grassy places.
Most often seen in spring and summer.
Both the adult beetle and its larvae feed on grass and cereal leaves, chewing them to only the skeleton remains. It can be an agricultural pest.
Quite common and widespread throughout Britain, particularly in England and Wales.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 44 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