Phyllotreta diademata Foudras, 1860

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Phyllotreta > Phyllotreta diademata

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Phyllotreta diademata

Description

Size: 1.8-2.5mm
Basic colour: Shiny black
Pattern colour: None (antennal segments 2 & 3 reddish to brownish)
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour
Confusion species: Phyllotreta atra
, Confusion species: Phyllotreta punctulata

Palaearctic, including North Africa and northern India.

Biology

Status: Widely scattered in southern England, rare in Wales, not recorded from Scotland or Ireland.
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Many wild and cultivated Brassicaceae
Overwintering: As adults in moss, leaf-mould, bird's nests, and under bark.
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae at roots (both may damage crops)
Other notes: Adults parasitised by the braconid wasp Perilitus areolatus. Separated from P. atra & P. punctulata by head punctures and aedeagus.

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