Rosemary Beetle

Chrysolina americana

This attractive beetle is from a family called Chrysomelidae the leaf beetles. It is a fairly recent newomer to Britain, introduced in the 1990s and now established in most of England and Wales, and still expanding its range. It is considered a pest of Rosemary, Lavender, Sage, Thyme and similar plants, both the adult and the larva feeding on the foliage. It is the first time I have seen it here, and will have to see if it is a ‘pest’ as such. It is 6.7-8 mm long. The adults can be seen throughout the year, even during winter.

Rosemary Beetle Chrysolina americana
It kind of doesn’t look real, but looks manufactured from copper or the like.

Rosemary Beetle Chrysolina americana
Note the deeply ‘punched’ markings forming rows on the elytra and the sides of the protonum.

Like Stained Glass


I have become a little obsessed with my Petunia petals of late. I have been quite taken by their vibrant colours and patterns, and how the light catches them.

Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. July 2017.

Catching The Morning Light

Pencilled Crane’s-bill (Geranium versicolor),

Photograph of Pencilled Crane’s-bill (Geranium versicolor), taken October 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.