Bug’s Life

Our guide to Bri­tish in­ver­te­brates

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Poplar leaf bee­tle

(Chrysomela pop­uli) about half an inch long

This bright-red bee­tle could eas­ily be mis­taken for a lady­bird were it not for the fact that it has no spots. As its name sug­gests, the poplar leaf bee­tle does in­deed like to nib­ble on the leaves of poplar trees, but it’s also found on wil­lows. Common and seen as late in the year as Oc­to­ber, both adults and lar­vae dam­age trees due to their predilec­tion for tree leaves. Si­mon Lester

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