Rosemary Beetle - Chrysolina americana
Attractive, 8mm long, metallic green beetle with purple stripes.
To be found on Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme, Sage and some other related plants.
May to October.
The soft-bodied grubs are greyish white with five darker longitudinal lines; fully grown larvae are 5 to 8mm long.
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.
Infrequent but probably under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 5 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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