Strawberry Leaf Beetle - Galerucella tenella

    Alt Name
    Neogalerucella tenella
    Description

    Elytra not clearly pubescent. Top of head and scutellum (except for tip) blackish; large, mid-brown spot in centre of pronotum. Front and rear edges of pronotum bare and shiny. No clear 'shoulder' spots. Identification is difficult due to a number of similar species, for this reason our image can only be said to be representative of G. tenella

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Around its main foodplants Meadowsweet and Strawberry.

    When to see it

    May and June.

    Life History

    It can become a pest of cultivated strawberries.

    UK Status

    Fairly common in most of England and Wales and on the western coast of Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 39 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map