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Polydrusus cervinus

Most Polydrusus species are green, but certainly not all. Polydrusus cervinus is a brown one, occasionally with patches of greenish scales. The black dots neatly arranged within the bands running over the shields make this an easy species to identify. It is about the same size as the green species and lives on many trees and shrubs, even though it does prefer birches. Common all over Europe, Northern Asia and recently even found in Canada. The close ups below reveal a rather attractive beetle, despite the small size. This species is also known as Polydrosus cervinus, due to an early misspelling of the genus name.