Cassida flaveola Thunberg, 1794

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Cassida > Cassida flaveola

Common name: 

Pale Tortoise Beetle


Size: 4-6mm
Basic colour: Brownish-yellow to pale yellow with a faint metallic gold tinge when alive.
Pattern colour: Usually none (see below)
Number of spots: Usually none (see below)
Other colour forms: Sometimes
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: Variably darkened, but at least partly (and may be entirely) pale.


Status: Widespread and locally common.
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Various, usually members of the Caryophyllaceae (e.g. stitchworts and sandworts)
Overwintering: Adults hibernate in grass tussocks, grass litter and the bottoms of hedgerows.
Food: Host plants.
Other notes: Elytral disc sometimes blackish-brown with pale spots.

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