Leaf beetles

  • Identification guide to Leaf beetles found in Britain
  • Includes colour photographs, line drawings and distribution maps
  • Overview of natural history, biology and ecology

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  • beetles
  • coleoptera
  • conservation
  • ecology
  • economic entomology
  • entomology
  • identification
  • leaf beetles


Leaf beetles are one of the largest groups of beetles, with tens of thousands of species worldwide and around 280 in Britain. They belong mainly to the family Chrysomelidae, but also to two small closely related families, the Megalopodidae and Orsodacnidae. This book provides a comprehensive overview with detailed and accessible coverage of the natural history, ecology and biology of leaf beetles.

Topics cover the life history of leaf beetles, biology, their environment, natural enemies and interactions with humans. There is a thorough discussion about identification of British species, including detail on the juvenile stages (eggs, larvae, pupae) and a concise key to adults. A chapter is dedicated to study techniques and materials. The book is illustrated throughout with colour photographs and line drawings.

Leaf beetles is a vital resource for entomology students and educators, naturalists, nature conservationists, those involved in agriculture, horticulture and the management of stored produce.




Entomologists, both amateur and professional, including students and educators; natural historians and others interested in detailed coverage of wildlife. Also, those involved in nature conservation, and those involved in agriculture and the management of stored produce (due to the activities of the numerous 'pest' species within the Chrysomelidae).

Table of Contents

Editor's preface
1. Introduction
2. Life history
3. Leaf beetles in their environment
4. Natural enemies of leaf beetles
5. Distribution and abundance
6. Identification of adults of British and Irish leaf beetles
7. Study techniques and materials
8. Useful addresses and links
9. References and further reading

About the Author

Dave Hubble is a freelance ecologist. He is the organiser of the UK's Chrysomelidae Recording Scheme and recently wrote the AIDGAP key to UK species. He also teaches Environmental Science at the Open University. Dave's blog can be found at davehubbleecology.blogspot.co.uk

Bibliographic Information

  • 160 pages
  • 66 colour & b/w figures, colour photographs & line drawings
  • 1 table
  • BISAC NAT017000, SCI070020