Chrysolina sturmi (Müller, O.F., 1776)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Chrysolina > Chrysolina sturmi

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Chrysolina sturmi

Description

Size: 5.8-9.4mm
Basic colour: Metallic purple
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: Mostly as basic colour but tarsi paler orange-brown

Biology

Status: Scarce (Notable B); scattered, mainly in the south of England.
Habitat: Chalk downs ith scrub, unimproved chalk grassland, heaths, scrub, disturbed ground on base-rich soil.
Host plant: Ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea)
Overwintering: Unknown location, but adults do overwinter.
Food: Leaves of ground-ivy
Other notes: The orange-brown palps and tarsi separate this from the all-dark but superficially similar Timarcha goettingensis. Now more accurately known as C. sturmi.

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