Donacia versicolorea - Leaf Beetle

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Classification Order: Coleoptera– Leaf Beetles Family: Chrysomelidae

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Length . 6.2 - 8.9mm

Phenology Late Spring to early Autumn Food: Adults on leaves.

Life Cycle Overwintering: Two-year life cycle.

Identification Caution Basic colour: Variably dark to blackish, often with tiny pin-prick reflections of light, often giving the appearance of (e.g.) gold speckles. Possible Confusion species: Donacia crassipes

Habitat Various still and flowing water-bodies where there are pondweeds
Host plant: Pondweeds, Potamogeton spp.

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