Explanation of Names
Phratora Chevrolat in Dejean 1836
7 spp. in our area, all in the nominate subgenus; 3 subgenera total(1)
feed on leaves removing epidermis ('skeletonizing'): adults on the top side of the leaf, larvae on the underside; hosts include Betula
(Betulaceae), Populus, & Salix
Two generations per year, adults usually visible in May and again in August.
Adult beetles common in SRC plantations' may be found over wintering in leaf litter, under bark crevices in hedges and trees.
Damage easy to spot, skeletonised leaves turn brown and remain attached to coppice shoots.