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knotgrass leaf beetle

chrysolina polita


looks like a metallic ladybird on first glance in both shape and size. A beautifully metallic red colour with a bluey green head and abdomen. The forewings when closed form an approximately equilateral triangle on the upperside.


found on the edge of meadows at Sprotborough flash, a natural reserve owned by the Yorkshire wildlife trust.


see reference for clearer views of metallic surface.

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Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

You're right injica it does :-) it was only tiny though and I had no macro lens with me but the reference link shows it brilliantly!

injica 8 years ago

Looks like a drop of melted copper :))

Debbie Stewart
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Debbie Stewart

Doncaster, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jun 1, 2013
Submitted on Jun 2, 2013

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