Cassida nobilis Linnaeus, 1758

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Cassida > Cassida nobilis


Cassida nobilis


Size: 4.3-6.0mm
Basic colour: Yellow or pale green, sometimes yellow-brownish
Pattern colour: See notes below.
Number of spots: See notes below.
Other colour forms: Sometimes
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour, with basal half of femora black.
Confusion species: Cassida vittata


Status: Scarce (Notable B); widely scattered.
Habitat: Various, often on sandy or chalky soil.
Host plant: Various; usually Fat-hen (Chenopodium album), Glassworts (Salicornia), Oraches (Atriplex) and Corn Spurrey (Spergula arvensis), though other species are possible.
Overwintering: Adults hibernate in moss.
Food: Leaves of host plants.
Other notes: Similar to C. vittata. When alive, sometimes has a longitudinal rose-red or metallic gold stripe covering the top of the elytra, or with a blackish suture and some darker spots. Elytra sometimes marked with a crimson horseshoe shape. Rear angles of the pronotum broadly rounded. Front of head and tips of antennae black.


Read, R.W.J. (1999). Cassida nobilis Linnaeus (Chrysomelidae) in Cumbria. The Coleopterist 8(3): 100.

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