Plateumaris bracata (Scopoli, 1772)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Plateumaris > Plateumaris bracata

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Plateumaris bracata
Plateumaris bracata

Description

Size: 8.5-11.5mm
Basic colour: Black with a green or violet reflection
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: Orange-red (as are antennae and abdomen)

Western Palaearctic (as far east as Kazakhstan and Siberia)

Biology

Status: Widely scattered in England and Wales, old records from Ireland, no records from Scotland. Scarce (Notable A)
Habitat: Reedbeds by/in lakes, canals, dykes and fens
Host plant: Common reed (Phragmites australis), larvae and cocoons also known from some sedges.
Overwintering: Unknown, though adults found in cocoons in October
Food: Adults on young leaf shoots of common reed, larvae on the rhizomes

Distribution (may take a minute to appear)