Chrysomela aenea Linnaeus, 1758

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Chrysomela > Chrysomela aenea

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Chrysomela aenea

Description

Size: 6.3-8.0mm
Basic colour: Metallic green, sometimes blue or brassy. Occasionally pronotum and elytra are different colours.
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Other colour forms: Sometimes
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour

Biology

Status: Widespread, though less common in the south.
Habitat: Usually shady places in dense alder stands by watercourses and in woodlands; sometimes in alder carr and sphagnum bogs by heathlands. Can be at high (900m+) altitudes.
Host plant: Mainly alders; sometimes other trees.
Overwintering: Adults hibernate from late August to mid-April.
Food: Leaves of host plants.

Articles

Sage, B. (2014). Chrysomela aenea Linnaeus (Chrysomelidae) found in Norfolk, the first record for East Anglia. The Coleopterist 23(2): 66.

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