Leaf Beetle

Oulema obscura


Over all length 3 to 4mm. A small metallic blue beetle with rows of punctures on its elytra, which have very square shoulders.


Grasslands and cereal crops. The adults and larvae feed on a wide variety of grasses and cereal crops.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in southern and eastern Britain. Less common further north. Common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

All year, especially July and August.