Cryptocephalus frontalis Marsham, 1802

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Cryptocephalus > Cryptocephalus frontalis


Cryptocephalus frontalis


Size: 2.3-3.0mm
Basic colour: Black
Pattern colour: Head, pronotum and elytra black with small orange-yellowish areas.
Number of spots: Variable small orange-yellowish areas.
Pronotoum: Black; may have orange-yellowish patches; front 1/3 to 1/2 of side margin finely orange-yellow. Sometimes a very small yellowish area at the side of the hind angles.
Leg colour: Yellow (femora darkened to the rear)


Status: Scarce (Notable A); appears to have declined over part of its range i England.
Habitat: Mature hedgerows, also ancient woodland.
Host plant: Mainly hawthorn, also grey willow (Salix cinerea)
Overwintering: Unknown
Food: Leaves of host plants.
Other notes: Possible association particularly with hedges that are cut each winter and have vertical sides with a thick base.

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