Cryptocephalus bilineatus (Linnaeus, 1767)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Cryptocephalus > Cryptocephalus bilineatus


Cryptocephalus bilineatus


Size: 2-3mm
Basic colour: Black and yellow
Pattern colour: See notes below.
Number of spots: See notes below.
Other colour forms: Sometimes
Pronotoum: Black with fine yellow front and side margins; often two yellow spots near the middle of the rear edge.
Leg colour: Yellow


Status: Scarce (Notable B) and may be declining due to the loss of unimproved grassland.
Habitat: Chalk downs, lake edges, commons.
Host plant: Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria)
Overwintering: Unknown
Food: Host plants.
Other notes: Pronotum with fine longitudinal ridges (these may be difficult to see). Elytra yellow with black suture and longitudinal band; the yellow part between these may be interrupted. Elytra sometimes black with front and side margins yellow.

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