Seed and leaf beetles is an identification guide to adults of all 283 species of seed and leaf beetle in Britain and Ireland.
The chrysomelids are a widespread and popular group of beetles. Many have attractive metallic coloration. Some species are pests in farms and gardens. However, for many years there has been no single affordable identification guide to the species of Britain and Ireland. This book aims to fill the gap.
The keys use external features (visible with a hand lens) where possible. But in some cases finer examination with a binocular microscope is required. A few species require dissection, and in some cases there is ongoing taxonomic confusion. However, a large number of seed and leaf beetles, including many common garden species, can be identified to species level.