Sermylassa halensis
Linnaeus, 1767

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Classification Order: Coleoptera– Leaf Beetles Family: Chrysomelidae

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Length . 5.5 - 7 mm


Identification Irredescent abdomen brightly colourfulElytra metallic green or blue, rarely coppery. when fresh with red -orange head One large dark spot on top of the head

Life Cycle Adults on leaves, larvae on leaves and stems. : Larvae and pupae parasitised by the carabid ground beetle Lebia chlorocephala, the adults of which may also predate larvae.

Habitat Likely range restricted due dependence on Bedstraw, on which the larvae feed. Host plant: Bedstraws (Galium spp.) and calamints (Clinopodium spp.)

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