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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Ochrosis ventralis - A flea beetle

Range & Status

Formerly widespread across southern Britain, but has become increasingly scarce.

Regional Distribution

A concentration of records along the north coast between the Camel Estuary and West Penwith; also at Loe Pool (Alexander, 2006) and Whitsand Bay.

Habitat & Ecology

Mainly known from Bittersweet Solanum dulcamara , but also on a variety of other

broadleaved herbs, in a wide variety of situations including fen and arable.


Indiscriminate use of herbicides.


The two most recent sites are on National Trust land.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.