Dibolia cynoglossi (Koch, J.D.W., 1803)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Dibolia > Dibolia cynoglossi


Size: 2.4-3mm
Basic colour: Metallic bronze or dark green
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour with tibiae yellowish-reddish

Post-1970 records only from coastal shingle at Dungeness, Kent and Rye Harbour, Sussex.


Status: Endangered (RDB1)
RDB Category: Endangered
Habitat: Recently only from coastal shingle; previously known from woodland rides, clearings and margins, and chalky hillsides.
Host plant: Various Lamiaceae
Overwintering: As adults
Food: Leaves of host plants (larvae mine leaves)
Other notes: Distinctive bifid apical spur on hind tibia. Hind femora highly swollen, even for flea beetles; able to jump long distances and hence difficult to collect.

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