Chrysolina herbacea

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Chrysolina herbacea
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Chrysomelidae
Genus: Chrysolina
Species: C. herbacea
Binomial name
Chrysolina herbacea
(Duftschmid, 1825)
  • Chrysomela herbacea (Duftschmidt, 1825)
  • Chrysomela menthastri (Suffrian, 1851)
  • Chrysomela fulminans (Suffrian, 1851)

Chrysolina herbacea, also known as the Mint Leaf Beetle,[1][2] or Green Mint Beetle (in the UK),[3] is a species of beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.


The species is green, with black legs and antennae. Females can range in colour from green to purplish-grey.[4] It can be 8-9mm long and has black coloured larvae,[3] which also feed on the mint leaves.[2]

Visually it may be confused with the much rarer Tansy beetle (Chrysolina graminis).[5]


It can be found in Germany, Italy, Portugal,[6] Great Britain,[3] the Caucasus, Turkey, and western Central Asia.[4]


  1. ^ "Common name". Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Mint leaf beetle". Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Blue mint beetle". Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Description and distribution". Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Oxford, G.S.; Sivell, D.; Dytham, C.; Key, R. (2003). "The jewel of York - ecology and conservation of the tansy beetle". British Wildlife. 14: 332–337. 
  6. ^ J. Coelho João Coelho (4 April 2010). "Portuguese distribution". Retrieved 23 February 2012. 

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