Podagrica fuscicornis (Linnaeus, 1767)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Podagrica > Podagrica fuscicornis


Size: 3-6mm
Basic colour: Dark blue or bluish-green; rarely slightly metallic.
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Other colour forms: Rare
Pronotoum: Reddish (as is the head)
Leg colour: Yellowish to pale brown, occasionally red-brown with dark femora

Western Palaearctic, including North Africa.


Status: Local, mainly in southern & eastern England; rare in Wales, not recorded from Scotland or Ireland. Scarce (Notable B)
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Various Malvaceae (mallows)
Overwintering: Probably as larvae inside mallow roots
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae at roots
Other notes: In France, parasitised by the microsporidian Microsporidium sp.


Dobson, J.R. (2001). An infestation of Podagrica fuscicornis (Linnaeus) (Chrysomelidae) on cultivated Malvaceae. The Coleopterist 10(2): 50.

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