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Scientific name:  Chrysolina americana

Size:  Approx 8mm long

Distribution:  Found in parts of Scotland, Wales and England (especially in the southern counties)

Months seen:  May to October

Habitat:  Gardens, allotments and parks

Food:  Rosemary, thyme and other herbs

Special features:  Rosemary leaf beetles have a metallic green body with red and blue stripes running the length of the body.  In the sunlight these stripes reflect all the colours of the rainbow, rather like oil on water.

Despite the scientific name, this beetle is a native of southern Europe.  It was first noticed in the U.K. in the early 1990's and has since become well established.

The larvae are a creamy-white colour, with grey lines along their length.

Sightings

2010 - Kingston upon Thames, Surrey - Anna Jordan
2012 - Warwick - Gayle Kirton
2013 - Bristol - Steven Edgar
2013 - Chatham, Kent - Ryan Griffiths
2013 - Broadbridge Heath, West Sussex - Astrid Kenyon
2014 - Rendlesham, Suffolk - Robin Jordan
2014 - Cambridge - Ron Gouldstone (photo)
2014 - Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex - Richard Duke (photo)
2014 - Norwich Norfolk - Clare Hill (photo)
2014 - Witley, Surrey - Nigel Swansborough (photo)
2014 - Pangbourne, Berkshire - Ray Stuart (photo)
2014 - Solihull, West Midlands - Margaret Brookes
2015 - Coventry, West Midlands - Jill Davis
2015 - Cardiff, South Wales - Anne Tabbener (photo)
2015 - Chislehurst, S.E. London - Liz Nash (photo)
2015 - East Sheen, London SE14 - Paul Copley (photo)
2015 - Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire - Harrison Nunn (photo)
2015 - Clevedon, North Somerset - Michael Fairless (photo)
2016 - Basford, Nottingham - Malcolm Hewitt (photo)
2016 - Liverpool - Kerri Simpson
2016 - Farnley, Leeds - Phillip Wright

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