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Beetle sp.


Bright blue metallic beetles, some more green coloured. Found in large groups and jump when disturbed.


Found on decaying leaves around a body of water.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Blue metallic flea beetles
Altica pagana Altica pagana - Overview
flea beetle
Altica sp.

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DDO 8 years ago


MichaelGeiser 8 years ago

Altica pagana is already quite close, but... that's an Australian species! It is in fact a member of the same genus, but much more likely one of the 7 species found in Britain (Altica brevicollis, carinthiaca, helianthemi, longicollis, lythri, oleracea, palustris). A. oleracea and A. lythri are the most common ones, but the only way to distinguish them is to collect some specimens and dissect them under a microscope.

DanielRowson 8 years ago

After a bit of google searching I think I may have found a match - Altica pagana?

DanielRowson 8 years ago

Hi Sam. I'd say they were ~5mm in length. And yes, there were lots of them today! What habitat did you spot yours in?

Sam10 8 years ago

What sort of size where they? I found a few earlier today, seems to be loads of them around! No idea what they are though..

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Peterborough, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Mar 10, 2014
Submitted on Mar 10, 2014

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