Altica sp. flea beetles Edit

Arthropods (Arthropoda)---Insects (Insecta)----Beetles (Coleoptera)----Polyphaga-----Chrysomeloidea----Leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae)----Galerucinae----Flea beetles (Alticini)---Altica----A. sp. beetles
Metallic blue flea beetle

July, 2008. Sherwood Park.

Copper flea beetle

21st July, 2008. Sherwood Park.

Dark metallic blue flea beetle

July, 2008. A rather purplish Altica flea beetle.

Altica sp. flea beetles are metallic blue, green or copper beetles which make up some of the commonest encountered types of Alticini beetles. This genus of flea beetles is the  most destructive in gardens and the metallic blue species are frequently found in large numbers clustered on and under leaves making lots of small holes which make the plants look very messy.

In larger groups the foodplant can be demolished very quickly and fourtunately the beetles are attracted, mainly, to wild Crucifers. Altica sp. flea beetles are more elongated and larger than typical flea beetles that reach a few milimetres