Blue Leaf Beetle - Phaedon sp

Blue Leaf Beetle - Phaedon sp

Observation - Blue Leaf Beetle - Phaedon sp - UK and Ireland. Description: A small, shiny steel-blue beetle present in huge numbers on Fool's-water-cress, Apium nodiflorum, growing in a fresh-water channel. They didn't seem very able to cope with the water, neither swimming well or appearing to be able to fly away. Some groups w

A small, shiny steel-blue beetle present in huge numbers on Fool's-water-cress, Apium nodiflorum, growing in a fresh-water channel. They didn't seem very able to cope with the water, neither swimming well or appearing to be able to fly away. Some groups were stranded on denuded stems having eaten all the leaves. Photos from between 26th September 2010 and 20th October 2010. All beetles from the same location. Scale in mm.

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