Rosemary Beetle - Chrysolina americana

    Description

    Attractive, 8mm long, metallic green beetle with purple stripes.

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    Habitat

    To be found on Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme, Sage and some other related plants.

    When to see it

    May to October.

    Life History

    The soft-bodied grubs are greyish white with five darker longitudinal lines; fully grown larvae are 5 to 8mm long.

    UK Status

    The beetle is a native of southern Europe that has become an established pest in Britain since the 1990s especially in the south east of England. It seems to be rapidly colonising the country.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent but probably under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 5 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Further Information

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map