Gonioctena pallida (Linnaeus, 1758)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Gonioctena > Gonioctena pallida


Size: 4.6-7.0mm
Basic colour: Yellow, orange or reddish
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour
Confusion species: Gonioctena olivacea


Status: Widespread
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Usually hazel, sometimes other (generally small) trees.
Overwintering: Adults hibernate in leaf litter and similar.
Food: Underside of leaves of host plants.
Other notes: Scutellum pale (as dorsal colour). Similar to unmarked specimens of G. olivacea but the aedeagal tip of G. olivacea is asymmetrical in dorsal view and sharp/somewhat hooked in lateral view. In G. pallida, it is blunt, unhooked and symmetrical. In Britain, fully ovo-viviparous, producing fully developed 1st instar larvae.

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