Celery Leaf Beetle

Phaedon tumidulus


Body length 3 to 4mm. A small dark beetle with a metallic green sheen. The elytra are perforated in long neat rows.


Hedgerows, field edges, waste ground on umbellifers, particularly Hogweed and Cow Parsley. Can be seen skeletonizing Hogweed leaves from which they drop like rain if disturbed.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in lowland Britain but rare amongst the Scottish Highlands. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May and June.