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Chrysolina herbacea - Dorsal Quite hard to distinguish from some other Chrysolina species, such as graminis, fastuosa and especially coerulans. The latter normally being blue and herbacea green, but exceptional green coerulans and blue herbacea do exist(!) Always best to check male genitalia. This one is from a population in arboretum Poortbulten near De Lutte, Netherlands where it coexists on Mentha aquatica together with Ch. coerulans and Ch. polita. At the time it was the most northern population in the Netherlands and it may very well still be. <br />
Other images here:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/55035/chrysolina_herbacea_-_lateral.html" title="Chrysolina herbacea - Lateral"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/55035_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1558569610&Signature=wc2GkzbEJRhODKtADiia6RWMDBY%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Chrysolina herbacea - Lateral Description with dorsal image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/55036/chrysolina_herbacea_-_dorsal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/55034/chrysolina_herbacea_-_pronotum.html Chrysolina,Chrysolina herbacea,Chrysomelidae,Chrysomelinae,Coleoptera,Mint Leaf Beetle" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/55034/chrysolina_herbacea_-_pronotum.html" title="Chrysolina herbacea - Pronotum"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/55034_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1558569610&Signature=cQvsVIo2kA7Vo0cqkTjuVSf2CnQ%3D" width="200" height="150" alt="Chrysolina herbacea - Pronotum Description with dorsal image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/55036/chrysolina_herbacea_-_dorsal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/55035/chrysolina_herbacea_-_lateral.html Chrysolina,Chrysolina herbacea,Chrysomelidae,Chrysomelinae,Coleoptera,Mint Leaf Beetle" /></a></figure> Chrysolina,Chrysolina herbacea,Chrysomelidae,Chrysomelinae,Coleoptera,Geotagged,Mint Leaf Beetle,Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

Chrysolina herbacea - Dorsal

Quite hard to distinguish from some other Chrysolina species, such as graminis, fastuosa and especially coerulans. The latter normally being blue and herbacea green, but exceptional green coerulans and blue herbacea do exist(!) Always best to check male genitalia. This one is from a population in arboretum Poortbulten near De Lutte, Netherlands where it coexists on Mentha aquatica together with Ch. coerulans and Ch. polita. At the time it was the most northern population in the Netherlands and it may very well still be.
Other images here:

Chrysolina herbacea - Lateral Description with dorsal image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/55036/chrysolina_herbacea_-_dorsal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/55034/chrysolina_herbacea_-_pronotum.html Chrysolina,Chrysolina herbacea,Chrysomelidae,Chrysomelinae,Coleoptera,Mint Leaf Beetle

Chrysolina herbacea - Pronotum Description with dorsal image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/55036/chrysolina_herbacea_-_dorsal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/55035/chrysolina_herbacea_-_lateral.html Chrysolina,Chrysolina herbacea,Chrysomelidae,Chrysomelinae,Coleoptera,Mint Leaf Beetle

    comments (5)

  1. Your excellent photos show lateral pronotum, antennae, clypeus and tarsal segments.

    The pronotal grooves are deeper than that the image by Jivko (and others) which are almost absent.
    Do you think this is natural variation within the species?
    Posted one year ago
    1. Hi Martin,
      There is always some variability in that kind of characters but I do suspect my images currently are the only Ch.herbacea on the site ;o) I checked the male genitals of the population mentioned above as it was an unexpected new loaction for the species.
      Looks to me like Jivko mostly has graminis, partly uploaded as fastuosa and partly as herbacea, but at least for me these are notoriously iffy to ID with certainty from photo, so I have commented but not changed the ID yet. The herbacea from Greece (by Stuart) I'm not sure about either - might well be Gastrophysa, but I feel the antennae may be too thin for that, so also a bit inconclusive. I plan to ask Jaap Winkelman next. He is one of our (inter)national experts on the Chrysomelinae and I'm currently in the process of adding texts from one of his books to the species info on waarneming.nl so we'll have more to discuss anyway :o)
      Posted one year ago
      1. Well the genitalia says it all. I am warned to not consider visual features as conclusive for some Australian Chrysomelids and it must apply even more for Europe which is considerably more complex. Posted one year ago
  2. beautiful colours and patterns.
    Posted one year ago
    1. Hi Annette, yes, the Chrysolinas often are true little jewels :o) Posted one year ago

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''Chrysolina herbacea'', also known as the Mint Leaf Beetle, is a species of beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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By Pudding4brains

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Uploaded Nov 21, 2017. Captured in Lossersestraat 71, 7587 PW De Lutte, Netherlands.