“Chrysolina cerealis” the extremely rare rainbow leaf beetle

Chrysolina cerealis, the rainbow leaf beetle or snowdon beetle, is a beetle belonging to the family Chrysomelidae.
This species is present in most Eurasian countries, from Norway to northern Italy, and from Ussuri in the east to Snowdonia (Wales) in the west. These leaf beetles can be found in forests, woodlands, meadows, wastelands, and montane grasslands over 600 m above sea level.
Chrysolina cerealis can reach a length of 5.5–10 millimeters (0.22–0.39 in). Females are typically larger than males. The coloration of the pronotum and the elytra is quite variable; usually it is metallic green with three blue and red longitudinal stripes, with golden reflections (hence the common name).

The subspecies Chrysolina cerealis mixta has a metallic blue pronotum and elytra. The underparts are dark blue.

Adults can be found from April to September. This beetle lives on base-rich screes and lays its eggs during June on grasses such as Agrostis capillaris and Festuca ovina, although both larvae and adults mostly feed on the wild thyme Thymus polytrichus, preferring the flowers to the leaves.
It is endangered in certain parts of the world, like the United Kingdom, where it is protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981.
Within Wales, C. cerealis is found at only a few sites on the western flanks of Snowdon and perhaps in Cwm Idwal in the neighboring Glyderau.

The species has not been found since 1980 in Cwm Idwal, and some reports consider the Snowdon population of about 1000 adults to be in “serious decline,”  while others say that there is no evidence of a decline but that the species may always have been rare.