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beetle Mint Leaf Beetles

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Scientific name:  Chrysolina herbacea (formerly Chrysolina menthastri)

Size:  Up to 10mm long

Distribution:  Found mainly in the south and up to the Midlands of England and Wales. A few sightings in Scotland

Months seen:  May to September

Life span:  Just over 1 year

Habitat:  Gardens, damp meadows and riversides

Food:  Mint

Special features:  The mint leaf beetle, as the name suggests can normally be found in the summer months munching away at the leaves of various mint plants. Its whole body is a jewel-like iridescent green colour which is peppered with tiny little indentaions.  Both the larvae and the adult beetles feed on mint.

There is another similar looking species which also feeds on mint, but is an iridescent blue colour.  As you might expect it's called the Blue Mint Beetle (Chrysolina coerulans)

Sightings


2012 - Sherborne, Gloucestershire - G. Bradley
2014 - Caithness - Margaret Bruce
2015 - Cheltenham, Gloucstershire - Alice Boston

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