Altica helianthemi (Allard, 1859)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Altica > Altica helianthemi


Size: 2.8-3.8mm
Basic colour: Very dark blue or blackish.
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour


Status: Widely distributed.
Habitat: Woodland, parkland, calcareous grassland, commons, grass verges.
Host plant: Rock-rose family (Cistaceae), including Helianthemum sp. and Tuberaria guttata; also several Rosaceae.
Overwintering: Adults hibernate in moss and under bark.
Food: Known to feed on salad burnet; possibly other plants as well.

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