Altica lythri (Aubé, 1843)
This small Flea Beetle is abundantly common around the Eakring Flash area and actually reaches pest proportions, causing a great deal of damage to vegetation. During the Summer months, it is found eating the leaves of Sallows and Willowherb, and often hundreds of this beautifully coloured beetle can be found per square metre. Altica lythri is small, about 5mm in length and belongs to the Chrysomelidae family. It overwinters as an adult and I recently discovered one in the hollow stem of a Spear Thistle, where a tiny entrance/exit hole could be observed.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Altica lythri
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Tim Sexton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Charlie Barnes. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

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Updated November 2022

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