Synchita undata

    Alt Name
    Cicones undatus
    Description

    The pale tan or buff elytra are marked with a darker patterning which no doubt help to camouflage this beetle against bark and in shadowy areas.

    Similar Species

    Synchita variegata (Cicones variegatus)

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Often found on the trunks of Sycamore.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    The present opinion appears to be that it is associated with sooty bark disease on Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), caused by the ascomycete fungus Cryptostroma corticale.

    UK Status

    It's a fairly recent discovery in Britain, apparently now common around London and probably under-recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Croft Hill record of 9th March 2014 is believed to be the first for VC55.

    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