Cryptocephalus moraei (Linnaeus, 1758)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Cryptocephalus > Cryptocephalus moraei


Cryptocephalus moraei


Size: 3-5mm
Basic colour: Black and yellow
Pattern colour: Elytra black with variable yellow spot at the apex and a yellow area along the front half of the outer side.
Number of spots: See 'pattern colour' and 'pronotum'
Pronotoum: Black, usually with a fine yellow front margin, and a yellow spot at the hind angles.
Leg colour: Orange-yellow, femora darkened; legs sometimes darkened more extensively.


Status: Widely distributed, especially in southern England.
Habitat: Short herbaceous stands on calcareous soils.
Host plant: Mainly Slender St.John's-wort (Hypericum perforatum), but also other species.
Overwintering: Unknown
Food: Adults feed on leaves & flowers of host plants.

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