Bruchidius cisti (Fabricius, 1775)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Bruchidius > Bruchidius cisti

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Bruchidius cisti

Description

Size: 2.3-3.4mm
Basic colour: Blackish or brownish
Pattern colour: Dorsal pubescence short, fine, sparse and silvery-white. ventral pubescence the same as dorsally, sometimes darker with some golden setae.
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: Blackish

Western Palaearctic.

Biology

Status: Widely scattered in England & Wales.
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Larvae usually on various Fabaceae; adults on common rock-rose Helianthemum nummularium, broom Cytisus scoparius, lady's bedstraw Galium verum, and clustered bellflower Campanula glomerata.
Overwintering: As juveniles with new adults emerging in spring. Larvae develop in Fabaceae seeds.
Food: Larvae mine pods before penetrating seeds; adults feed on pollen.
Other notes: Eggs and larvae parasitised by several wasp species.

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