|This is a
stunning and beautiful beetle, showing a rainbow like
colouration when viewed closely. Chrysolina americana
is another invertebrate that has appeared in the UK only relatively
recently. Despite its scientific name, this beetle
does not originate from America, but was originally a
southern European species. It first appeared in the UK in
the 1990's and has steadily spread north since.
Nottinghamshire's first records seem to have occurred in
2009 from sites in Nottingham and Newark. This was a
beetle we had looked for during the last couple of years
and our first record came when six adults were found in
the courtyard of the old Edwinstowe Craft Centre, now
home to the Sherwood Forest Trust on 01/06/11. The adults
are around 8-9mm and can potentially be found on
Rosemary, Lavender and other herbs.