Lebia cruxminor (Linnaeus, 1758)

Taxonomy: Adephaga > Carabidae > Lebia > Lebia > Lebia cruxminor

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Lebia cruxminor
Lebia cruxminor

Description

Size: 5-7mm
Basic colour: Orange and black.
Pattern colour: Head black, pronotum orange-red, elytra yellow with black markings forming an approximate cross.
Pronotoum: Orange-red, almost unpunctured.
Leg colour: Pale with femoral apices and tarsi blackened.

Biology

Status: Scarce. Local with scattered recent records from Cornwall and Sussex in England and Fermanagh, Clare and Kerry in Ireland.
RDB Category: Endangered
Habitat: Grasslands, probably associated with Galeruca tanaceti.
Other notes: Elytra extemely wide and convex, sides rounded, widest near apex; intervals finely punctured.

Articles

Allen, D. & Mellon, C. (2010). A new Irish site for Lebia cruxminor (Linnaeus) (Carabidae). The Coleopterist 19(1): 31.
Cawley, M. (2009). Lebia cruxminor (Linnaeus) (Carabidae) in Co. Roscommon. The Coleopterist 18(3): 204.
Bantock, T.M. & Bantock, H.M. (2009). Lebia cruxminor Linnaeus (Carabidae) new to Dorset. The Coleopterist 18(3): 182.
Nolan, M. (2005). A new county record of Lebia cruxminor (Linnaeus) (Carabidae) from Ireland. The Coleopterist 14(2): 82.

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