Fig 1

DESCRIPTION: Length up to 7mm.  A smart chunky domed beetle of a dark metallic bronze to green colouration with occasional tones of red, blue and black.  The pronotum and elytra interstices are dull and very finely punctured with the elytral striae formed of sparse punctures. BEHAVIOUR: Adults feed on Hypericum leaves & flowers.  The larvae feed at night on leaves and stems.  Adults do overwinter but rarely make it to Spring.  Up to 2,000 eggs can be laid in the basal leaves duringthe autumnal months with the larvae hatching the following spring and pupating in the soil. DISTRIBUTION: Widespread in southern Britain, becoming scarcer towards the north. HABITAT: Open woodland, grassland, coastal areas, anywhere where the host plant is found. PERIOD: Late May to July.

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