Mantura obtusata (Gyllenhal, 1813)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Mantura > Mantura obtusata


Size: 1.8-2.6mm
Basic colour: Black with a dark greenish to bluish reflection.
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: Reddish-brown, hind femora variably darkened

Western Palaearctic, including Caucasus and possibly Siberia.


Status: Widespread but local, not recorded from Ireland; Scarce (Notable B)
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Common sorrel (Rumex acetosa), sometimes also sheep's sorrel (R. acetosella)
Overwintering: As adults in grass tussocks
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae as leaf-miners (almost straight galleries)
Other notes: Larvae parasitised by the eulophid wasp Necremnus leucarthros, eggs by a mymarid wasp Anaphes sp.

Distribution (may take a minute to appear)