Cassida hemisphaerica Herbst, 1799

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Cassida > Cassida hemisphaerica

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Cassida hemisphaerica

Description

Size: 4.3-5.4mm
Basic colour: Green or yellowish-green, usually appearing a pale metallic golden green when alive.
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: Sometimes one on the pronotum
Pronotoum: Sometimes with a central dark spot.
Leg colour: As basic colour

A small, convex, shiny tortoise beetle, almost completely circular looking from above.

Biology

Status: Scarce (Notable A) - very scattered.
Habitat: Various, possibly favouring dry, sunn,y open situations.
Host plant: Various, usually members of the Caryophyllaceae (e.g. campions); also collected from oaks.
Overwintering: Unknown
Food: Leaves of host Caryophyllaceae; sometimes also flowers and epidermis of stems.
Other notes: Abdomen either entirely yellow, or black with yellow margins.

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