Common Pollen Beetle

Brassicogethes aeneus

Brassicogethes aeneus is a species of pollen beetle. Brassicogethes aeneus is an important pest of oilseed rape. It is not known whether it contributes to the pollination of the crop.
Brassicogethes aeneus (Fabricius,_1775) 2.5 mm long Nitidulidae Brassicogethes aeneus,France,Geotagged,Rape beetle,Spring

Appearance

Adults are about 2–3 mm long, 1–2 mm wide and black with a hint of metallic green. The larvae are up to 3 mm long and white with brown sclerotised plates.
Pollen Beetle Was taking a photo of this Brassicogethes aeneus and someone tried to take the lime light ^_^. Brassicogethes aeneus,Geotagged,Rape beetle,United Kingdom

Naming

Synonyms:
Meligethes rufimanus LeConte, 1857
Meligethes californicus Reitter, 1871
Meligethes moerens LeConte, 1868
Meligethes mutatus Harold, 1868
Meligethes ruficornis LeConte, 1859
Meligethes aeneus (Fabricius, 1775)
Meligethes dauricus Motschulsky, 1849

Distribution

Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China)
North America

Food

The female beetle lays its eggs in the flower buds of the host-plant and the larvae develop within the flowers. Oviposition and feeding damage the buds of oilseed rape and similar Brassicas and may cause the flowers to drop. Both adults and larvae feed on the pollen and nectar in the flowers.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderColeoptera
FamilyNitidulidae
GenusBrassicogethes
SpeciesBrassicogethes aeneus