Asparagus beetle

The asparagus beetle or common asparagus beetle (Crioceris asparagi) is a member of the leaf beetle family (Chrysomelidae) native to much of Europe. Adult beetles can be up to 6.5 millimeters long and can be seen from April to September. Both the zoological and common name suggest that the asparagus beetle feeds exclusively on asparagus plants. However, I discovered the specimen shown here on a withering borage.

Asparagus beetle on borage

Origin/distribution: Asia, Europe and as an introduced species also in North America.

Habitats: Asparagus fields, gardens

Size: The adult beetles are between 5 and 6.5 millimetres long.

Food: Beetles and larvae feed on the leaves, shoots and roots of asparagus plants.

Common asparagus beetle

Categories: Beetles, Bugs & Cockroaches | Insects