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Nov 18, 2013 6:31 PM

Can anyone identify this lovely iridescent beetle

Hello all

 

I'm new to the group and have managed to find the beetles section so good start. Now for my first post.

 

Back in mid September we noticed a number of beetles on our Lavender plants, one large plant in particular. Searching drew a blank and with, I think I read some 4000 different UK beetles I wasn't surprised. I took some photos at the time and another few today, yes there are still some on the one large Lavender plant even in mid November. Can anyone identify these lovely little iridescent beetles please?

 

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Thanks in advance

 

Ron

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    Nov 18, 2013 6:45 PM (in response to Ron)
    Re: Can anyone identify this lovely iridescent beetle

    It's the Rosemary Leaf Beetle, Chrysolina americana.  As soon as you said lavender I didn't even have to look at the pictures!  A fairly recent arrival in the UK, spreading from the south, I found it in my garden (Cheshire) last year.

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    Nov 18, 2013 6:49 PM (in response to Ron)
    Re: Can anyone identify this lovely iridescent beetle

    Hello Ron. I think this may be a Rosemary Beetle (Chrysolina americana). I hope this is of some help. Apologies for putting 'Lavender beetle' in my initial reply .... I had one of the foodplants on my mind!

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