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Spiny Beetle new to UK

4 January 2023

Spiny Beetle new to UK

Lats year saw many new species recorded for the first time in the UK. Of no surprise a few were beetles and one Leaf Beetle, Dicladispa testacea is very distinctive as you can see. It feeds on ornamnetal rockrose (Cistus) plants and is no doubt an import on horticultural plants. Although it has been mainly seen in the South East it is worth looking at rockrose next time you are in a garden centre in Herefordshire!