Tuesday 21 May
Tansy beetle (Chrysolina graminis)
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Tansy beetle fact file
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Tansy beetle description
- Length: 7-11 mm (2)
Tansy beetle biology
Little is known of the ecology of this species.Top
Tansy beetle rangeTop
Tansy beetle habitat
Occurs on Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) beside riverbanks (1).Top
Tansy beetle status
Included in English Nature's Species Recovery Programme.Top
Tansy beetle threats
Reasons for the devastating decline of this beautiful beetle are unknown (3). Present threats include shading mainly by willows, planted to help to stabilise the riverbank, or the introduced plant Himalayan balsam (Impatiens gludulifera) (3).Top
Tansy beetle conservation
English Nature has funded a three-year study of the ecology of this beetle at the University of York. Hopes are that insights into the species resulting from this research will aid its conservation (3).
During construction of improved flood defences in part of the current range, tansy plants and beetles were removed, stored and relocated on the new defences. If this work is successful, English Nature may develop a long-term recovery programme for the species (3).Top
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For more on English Nature's Species Recovery Programme see:
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- National Biodiversity Network Species Dictionary (September 2002) http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nbn/
- Joy, N.H. (1932) A practical handbook of British beetles. Volume 1. H. F. & G. Witherby, London.
- The Environment Agency (1998) Focus on Biodiversity. The Environment Agency, Bristol.
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