[Photo © Kirill V. Makarov, click on the picture for 4K resolution]
In warmer areas of Europe a relatively common species developing in herbaceous plants (Brassicaceae). Body coloration of the species varies
from metallic gold-green or blue-green to blue. Pronotum sometimes bears a red distal spot (especially in East Mediterranean specimens, var. baccueti Brullé, 1832).
|Body length:||6 - 12 mm|
|Life cycle:||1 year|
|Adults in:||April - June|
|Host plant:||oligophagous in Brassicaceae (Sinapis, Sisymbrium, Rapistrum)|
|Distribution:||Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Portugal,
Romania, Serbia, Sicily, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine|
The living beetles were photographed:
DR - on flowers in Soutězka (NNR Děvín, Pálava Protected Landscape Area, Břeclav district, South Moravia, Czechia) on May 22, 2020;
PJ - on flowers in steppes in Kasristskali village environs
(Kakheti Region of Eastern Georgia) in May 2016. The mounted beetle was collected ca 3.5 S of Tankove (Танковое)
(N44°37′28″ E33°47′52″; Chardakly-Bair plateau, Bakhchysarai Raion, Crimea, Russia) on May 9, 2017.
Collected by Daniel Rydzi, Kirill V. Makarov and Petr Jelínek