Chaetocnema picipes Stephens, 1831

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Chaetocnema > Chaetocnema picipes


Size: 1.7-2.3mm
Basic colour: Bronze, coppery or dark green
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour



Status: Widespread but scattered (not known from Scotland)
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Various Polygonaceae and oraches Atriplex spp.
Overwintering: Adults hibernate
Food: Adults on leaves; larval feeding unknown.
Other notes: Take care to separate from C. concinna which is commoner and more widespread. Known to attack oilseed rape and beets in continental Europe.


Heal, N.F. (2003). Chaetocnema picipes Stephens (Chrysomelidae) in Kent. The Coleopterist 12(1): 40.
Booth, R.G. & J.Owen, J.A. (1997). Chaetocnema picipes Stephens (Chrysomelidae: Alticinae) in Britain. The Coleopterist 6(3): 85.

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