Chrysolina varians (Schaller, 1783)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Chrysolina > Chrysolina varians


Size: 4.5-6.0mm
Basic colour: Metallic blue, purple, green, brassy, bronze or almost black.
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Other colour forms: Common
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour


Status: Widespread but patchy
Habitat: Various
Host plant: St. John's-worts (Hypericum)
Overwintering: Adults hibernate in moss.
Food: Leaves of host plants.
Other notes: Elytra with dense, random punctures.


Telfer, M.G. (1993). Chrysolina varians (Schaller) (Chrysomelidae) new to the Outer Hebrides. The Coleopterist 2(2): 40.

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