Cassida nebulosa Linnaeus, 1758

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Cassida > Cassida nebulosa


Cassida nebulosa
Cassida nebulosa


Size: 5.5-7.7mm
Basic colour: Rusty-red, brownish or green
Pattern colour: Numerous small black spots, sometimes merging to form irregular longitudinal bands.
Number of spots: Numerous, variable.
Spot fusions: Very common
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour


Status: Threat status Indeterminate (RDB I); scattered, mainly in southern and eastern England.
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Various Chenopodiaceae including goosefoots, oraches and beet. Also on knotgrasses.
Overwintering: Unknown
Food: Leaves of host plants; adults eat holes in them, larvae feed on the underside.
Other notes: Underside black, abdomen with a yellow edge. The splayed elytral margins are wider towards the front.


Menzies, I.S. (1995). Cassida nebulosa L. (Chrysomelidae) in Somerset. The Coleopterist 3(3): 66.
Duff, A. (1995). Cassida nebulosa L. (Chrysomelidae) in South Somerset. The Coleopterist 3(3): 66.
Allen, A. (1995). Cassida nebulosa L. (Chrysomelidae) in Hampshire. The Coleopterist 3(3): 67.
Collier, M. (1995). Cassida nebulosa L. (Chrysomelidae) from two sites in East Anglia. The Coleopterist 3(3): 67.
Owen, J. (1995). Cassida nebulosa L. (Chrysomelidae) reared from larvae. The Coleopterist 3(3): 68.
Eversham, B.C. (1995). The distribution and ecology of Cassida nebulosa L. (Chrysomelidae) in Norfolk and Suffolk Breckland in 1994. The Coleopterist 3(3): 70.

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