Luperomorpha xanthodera (Fairmaire, 1888)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Luperomorpha > Luperomorpha xanthodera

Common name: 

Rose Flea Beetle


Size: 5mm
Basic colour: Black or dark brown
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: Orange-red
Leg colour: As basic colour

Found in garden centres in Lancashire during 2003. Originates in China, may have been imported via the Netherlands.


Status: Introduced into garden centres, unlikely to be able to survive winters to become established, although teneral (recently emerged) adults were found.
Habitat: In the UK, known only from garden centres on imported plants
Host plant: In the UK, found on false-buck's-beard Astilbe japonica, wallflower Erysimum cheiri and roses (various Rosa spp. & varieties, though rarely on red flowers)
Overwintering: Not in the UK
Food: Adults found on flowers, larvae probably feed on roots.


Heal, N.F. (2006). Luperomorphus [sic]xanthodera (Fairmaire) (Chrysomelidae) in Kent. The Coleopterist 15(3): 104.
Johnson, C. & Booth, R.G. (2004). Luperomorpha xanthodera (Fairmaire): a new British flea beetle (Chrysomelidae) on garden centre roses. The Coleopterist 13(3): 81.

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