Athalia cordata Serville, 1823

Athalia cordata

This species has all tinia ringed apically with black (or at least infuscated) and black mesopleura, sometimes with a small orange spot.
Larvae feed on bugle, snapdragon and plantains.

Size: 4-7mm

Status: Common

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to September

Plant associations: Ajuga reptans, Antirrhinum spp. and Plantago spp. (bugle, snapdragons and plantains)


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