Phratora vitellinae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Phratora > Phratora vitellinae

Common name: 

Brassy Willow Beetle

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Phratora vitellinae

Description

Size: 3.8-5mm
Basic colour: Variable - usually metallic brassy/bronze, sometimes greenish to bluish, rarely near-black.
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Other colour forms: Sometimes
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour

Holarctic

Biology

Status: Widespread and common
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Willows and poplars
Overwintering: As adults under bark, in dead wood and in wooden fenceposts etc.
Food: Adults on the underside of leaves; ;arvae gregarious, also on the underside of leaves from which they remove the epidermis - in large numbers they can make leaves appear brown and scorched.
Other notes: Parasitised by various hymenopterans, tachinid flies and nematodes. Predated by a wide range of invertebrate species in a number of major groups.

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