Day 5 of my challenge and I’m still going strong. I noticed this beetle in a field edge around my village this morning. It is the common but very beautiful leaf beetle; Chrysolina staphylaea.
The photo really doesn’t do the beetle justice, it is an amazing deep, metallic red. Leaf beetles are one of the beetle groups that I’m trying to get to grips with, so this was a very welcome tick!
This also demonstrates the importance of field edge as a habitat, there will be countless other organisms like this (and also rarer ones) living in them so agricultural policy needs to recognize this and protect and enhance good field edge habitat. Topical for the upcoming general election! Keep nature in mind when you vote.