Mniophila muscorum (Koch, J.D.W., 1803)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Mniophila > Mniophila muscorum

Common name: 

Moss Flea Beetle


Size: 1-1.5mm
Basic colour: Black, faintly metallic
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour

Western Palaearctic, including Caucasus, Georgia and Turkey.


Status: Widely scattered but Scarce (Notable B); probably under-recorded.
Habitat: Mosses in various habitats/situations.
Host plant: Mosses
Overwintering: Unknown
Food: Uncertain but it is likely that larvae and adults feed on mosses.
Other notes: Adults flightless/wingless. Adults parasitised by a wasp (probably a braconid); larvae parasitised by a fungus Muiaria sp.


Sage, B. (2013). Mniophila muscorum (Koch) (Chrysomelidae) in Norfolk - new to East Anglia. The Coleopterist 22(2): 64.

Distribution (may take a minute to appear)