Plateumaris sericea


    Length 9 to 12 mm. Plateumaris sericea shows amazing colour variation, ranging from blackish-blue to red with heavily pitted elytra.

    Similar Species

    Plateumaris discolor is similar, but mainly found around acid waters.

    Identification difficulty

    Around ponds where the larval foodplants are present.

    When to see it

    Peak time is May to July.

    Life History

    The larval food plants are bur-reeds (Sparganium sp.).

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 26 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)

    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015


    UK Map