Rhyzobius chrysomeloides

    Description

    2.3 to 3.5 mm. A hairy species that is generally darker brown than the similar and more common R. litura and often with dark U-shaped mark towards end of elytra. Detailed examination (prosternal keel broad with parallel central sides and rounded apex) is needed to separate Rhyzobius chrysomeloides from similar species, especially R. litura.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Habitat

    Associated with trees such as pines, conifers, deciduous trees and also with Ivy.

    When to see it

    May be encountered in most months of the year.

    UK Status

    Mainly found in the southern half of Britain. This species is now apparently spreading and has been recorded from Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire as well as in our area. First found in Britain as recently as 1996.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland where it was first encountered in 2010, it may be becoming more frequent in our area.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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