Chaetocnema concinna (Marsham, 1802)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Chaetocnema > Chaetocnema concinna

Common name: 

Mangold flea beetle

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Chaetocnema concinna

Description

Size: 1.8-2.4mm
Basic colour: Bronze, coppery or dark green
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Other colour forms: Common
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour

Widespread across the Palaearctic

Biology

Status: Common and widespread.
Habitat: Almost any except high altitude moorland
Host plant: Various Polygonaceae and Chenopodiaceae; also lesser periwinkle Vinca minor, yew Taxus buccata and birches Betula spp.
Overwintering: As adults, some survive to hibernate a second time.
Food: Adults on leaves of non-woody hosts and sometimes pollen (e.g. of chamomile Chamaemelum nobile); larvae on roots of hosts, forming fine galleries.
Other notes: Can damage sugar beet crops. Take care to separate from C. picipes.

Distribution (may take a minute to appear)