Tortoise Beetle

Cassida vibex


Over all length 6 - 7mm. Mainly green with a dark central mark which broadens towards the scutellum.


Various habitats where it feeds on plants of the Asteraceae family. Around the Large Gravel Pit on the reserve.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in the south east, becoming less frequent further north or west. Uncommon in Nottinghamshire but regular at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to October.