Apteropeda splendida Allard, 1860

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Apteropeda > Apteropeda splendida


Size: 2.4-2.8
Basic colour: Shiny black, no metallic reflection
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour

Widespread in the western Palaearctic.


Status: Last UK record from Ashdown Forest, Sussex in 1931. Found in the Burren, Ireland in 1987 (Mendel 1994).
RDB Category: Endangered (RDB1)
Habitat: Wetlands, woodlands, grasslands, sand dunes.
Host plant: Bugle (Ajuga reptans), speedwells (Veronica spp), plantains (Plantago spp.). Larvae also mine leaves of ivy-leaved toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis) as well as the adult hosts.
Overwintering: Adults in moss
Food: Leaves of host plants.
Other notes: Similar to A. globosa but lacks metallic reflection. First Irish record: Mendel, M. (1994). Apteropeda splendida Allard (Chrysomelidae) new to Ireland. Coleopterist 2(3): 70.


Mendel, H. (1994). Apteropeda splendida Allard (Chrysomelidae) new to Ireland. The Coleopterist 2(3): 70.

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