Chrysolina polita (Linnaeus, 1758)
Chrysolina polita is a typical example of how colourful many beetles and invertebrates can be. It is one of a range of leaf beetles belonging to the Chrysomelidae group, with the most well known member being the infamous Colorado Beetle. This seems to be a fairly common species and we have found it fairly regularly in the Eakring area, mostly sitting at the top of grasses and other low-growing vegetation. Despite being 1cm in length, it's bright colouration makes it easy to find. Over-wintering adults have been found under loose bark on felled Willow logs at Eakring Meadows. Uncommon at Sherwood Forest and only recently discovered there in 2009.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Chrysolina polita
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. Tim Sexton. Pauline Bradford. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Jenny Cottingham. Charlie Barnes. NBGRC. Brian Wetton.

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Updated November 2022

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