Tortoise Beetle

Cassida vibex

Description

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

Habitat

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 with two records for Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to October.