Leaf Beetle

Cryptocephalus pusillus


Over all length 2.5 to 3.2mm. A small variable, brown beetle. It can have mostly black markings on its elytra or they can be absent. The pronotum is normally plain, orange/brown.


Deciduous woodland, tree-lined rivers, heaths. They feed mainly on Birch, Oak, Willow and Poplar

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in England and Wales, though not the West Country. Much rarer north of Lancashire. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to September.