Viburnum Beetle - Pyrrhalta viburni

Description

A small golden brown beetle (about 5 mm long), nearly always associated with plants of the Viburnum family.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

On Viburnum plants, such as Guelder Rose, but also feeds on the Wayfaring Tree and garden varieties.

When to see it

Adult beetles emerge in July and August.

Life History

The beetle's creamy white larvae cause damage to the leaves in early summer, before pupating in the ground. The adults also feed on the leaves before laying their eggs on the tips of young shoots.

UK Status

This species is common over much of England.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 17 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: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map