Batophila rubi (Paykull, 1799)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Batophila > Batophila rubi

Common name: 

Raspberry Flea Beetle


Size: 1.4-2mm
Basic colour: Dark brown or black; rarely with a weak metallic reflection.
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Other colour forms: Rare
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour

Widespread across the Palaearctic.


Status: Widespread, especially England and Wales
Habitat: Fens, woodland, hedges, downland, heathland, scrub, commons, gold courses.
Host plant: Various Rosaceae, especially brambles (Rubus spp.) and raspberry (R. idaeus).
Overwintering: Adults in soil and moss (sometimes found in flood debris in winter)
Food: Leaves (adults) and probably roots (larvae) of host plants.
Other notes: More oval (less elongate) than B. aerata, and with wider pronotum.

Distribution (may take a minute to appear)