These small Leaf Beetles (family: Chrysomellidae) are brilliant in colour, like little iridescent jewels. They are only around 5mm in length. There common name, flea beetle, alludes to their ability to jump. This morning I saw at least 150 of them all within a half metre of each other. They were mostly in 3 large groups as can be seen in the photos but with a few individuals scattered here and there. They were on a piece of treated pine which forms the edge of a pathway.
The larvae of these leaf beetles will feed on plants of the Rosacea family. The adults are on the wing from spring through to autumn.
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