Cassida murraea Linnaeus, 1767

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Cassida > Cassida murraea

Common name: 

Fleabane Tortoise Beetle

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Cassida murraea
Cassida murraea
Cassida murraea

Description

Size: 6.5-9.0mm
Basic colour: Green or reddish-orange (green in less mature specimens)
Pattern colour: Small black spots, especially near the elytral suture.
Number of spots: Variable
Other colour forms: Sometimes
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: Black - may be tinged with other colours.

Biology

Status: Reasonable widespread in the south and west of England and Wales.
Habitat: Various damp habitats.
Host plant: Common Fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica) and Marsh Thistle (Cirsium palustre)
Overwintering: Unknown
Food: Adults feed on leaves of host plants (creating holes); larvae feed on the underside of leaves.
Other notes: Underside black. Dorsal colour changes from green to reddish-orange at sexual maturity. Elytra sometimes almost completely black, or without spots.

Articles

Salisbury, A. (2004). An additional host plant for Cassida murraea Linnaeus (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae). The Coleopterist 13(1): 26.

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