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Rosemary beetle

Chrysolina americana

Chrysolina americana, common name rosemary beetle, is a species of beetles belonging to the family Chrysomelidae.
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Appearance

''Chrysolina americana'' can reach a length of 5–8 millimetres . They have colourful elytra with metallic green and purple longitudinal stripes. The wings are quite short, so these beetles can not fly.

This species feeds on various aromatic Lamiaceae, mainly on rosemary , lavender and thyme .

In the Mediterranean region females lay their eggs in late summer on the leaves of the host plants. The larvae show whitish to blackish bands. Larval development continues during the winter months. The pupal stage lasts about three weeks. The imago is released in the spring.
Rosemary Beetle- Chrysolina americana Sint Joris Weert, Belgium (July, 2013).
Chrysolina americana can reach a length of 5–8 millimetres (0.20–0.31 in). They have a colourful elytra with metallic green and purple longitudinal stripes. The wings are quite short, so these beetles can not fly. This species feeds on various aromatic Lamiaceae, mainly on rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) (hence the common name), lavender (Lavandula) and thyme (Thymus).
Habitat:
Is native and common to eastern Europe and the Mediterranean sub-region.   Belgium,Chrysolina americana,Geotagged,Summer

Distribution

Despite the species name ''americana'', this leaf beetle is native and common to southern Europe, North Africa, the Near East and the Middle East.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderColeoptera
FamilyChrysomelidae
GenusChrysolina
SpeciesChrysolina americana