Chaetocnema hortensis (Fourcroy, 1785)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Chaetocnema > Chaetocnema hortensis


Size: 1.5-2.3mm
Basic colour: Bronze or coppery, sometimes metallic green
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Other colour forms: Sometimes
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour



Status: Common and widespread.
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Various grasses, wild and cultivated (i.e. cereals)
Overwintering: Adults in grass tussovks, haystacks and moss (including Sphagnum)
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae in the stems
Other notes: Can be pests of cereal crops. Adults parasitised by the braconid wasps Perilitus cerealium and P. bicolor.

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