Podagrica fuscipes (Fabricius, 1775)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Podagrica > Podagrica fuscipes

Common name: 

Mallow Flea Beetle


Size: 3-6mm
Basic colour: Blue or bluish-green, sometimes bronze
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Other colour forms: Sometimes
Pronotoum: Reddish
Leg colour: At least partly black or dark brown

SW Palaearctic, including Algeria.


Status: Scattered and lery local in southern and eastern England and south wales; most records from around the Thames Estuary. Old records from Ireland; there is one from Scotland but this may be an error. Scarce (Notable A)
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Various Malvaceae (mallows)
Overwintering: As larvae (almost certainly not as adults)
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae at roots


Turner, C.R. (2012). Podagrica fuscipes (Fabricius) (Chrysomelidae) in Somerset. The Coleopterist 21(2): 59.
Payne, R.M. (2005). Podagrica fuscipes (Fabricius) (Chrysomelidae) new to Norfolk, and a note on P. fuscicornis (Linnaeus). The Coleopterist 14(2): 49.

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