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DESCRIPTION:  Length between 6.5mm and 9mm.  The Fleabane Tortoise Beetle is a delightful little member of the coleoptera group with a ground colour of lime green or reddish-orange and a smattering of black marks especially near the elytral suture. In rare cases the elytra can be completely black making identification a little trickier. The underside, legs and antennae are all black.  BEHAVIOUR: Adults feed on leaves of Common Fleabane or Marsh Thistle whereas the larvae feed on the underside of leaves. DISTRIBUTION: Found in many areas of south-west Britain becoming absent in the north. HABITAT:  Damp open areas where the host plant is found. PERIOD:  Best seen between May and September.

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