leaf beetle is not immediately colourful, but when seen
in close up, proves to be quite attractively coloured. Phaedon
tumidulus is an extremely common species, the adults
and larvae of which feed on various Umbelliferous plants.
Plants can become so eaten that most of the leaf area is
lost by late Summer. This is a small member of the Chrysomelidae
group of leaf beetles, with an average length of around
3-4mm. This beetle is common throughout the Eakring area,
appearing from late May and early June onwards.