Altica lythri Aubé, 1843

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Altica > Altica lythri

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Altica lythri
Altica lythri

Description

Size: 4.5-5.5mm
Basic colour: Metallic purple-blue or blue, usually not very shiny. Sometimes greenish, rarely black.
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Other colour forms: Sometimes
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour
Confusion species: Altica brevicollis

Biology

Status: Fairly common in England and Wales, rare in Scotland and Ireland.
Habitat: Various, mainly damp near waterbodies.
Host plant: Mainly Onagraceae (willowherb family); also a range of others.
Overwintering: Adults hibernate in tussocks, reed litter, moss, dead wood and bulrush leaf-sheaths.
Food: Onagraceae: adults feed on leaves and petals, larvae feed on apical leaves.
Other notes: May be found with A. palustris.

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