Lema cyanella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Lema > Lema cyanella


Lema cyanella


Size: 3.5-5.0mm
Basic colour: Metallic blue or greenish.
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Other colour forms: Sometimes
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour


Status: Widespread, though not in Scotland.
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Various thistles - Cirsium, Carduum and Silybum.
Overwintering: Adults can be found throughout the year.
Food: Leaves of host plants; larvae usually remove only the upper epidermis.
Other notes: Superficially similar to several Oulema species, but the pronotum is constricted at the mid-point.


Read, R.W.J. (2005). Lema cyanella (Linnaeus) Chrysomelidae new to Cumberland. The Coleopterist 14(1): 44.

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