Longitarsus absynthii Kutschera, 1862

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus absynthii


Size: 1.4-1.8mm
Basic colour: Pitchy-red to almost black (i.e. elytra darker than pronotum)
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: Pitchy-red
Leg colour: Front and mid-femora pitchy-red, hind femora darker/blackish


Status: Scarce (Notable A), in SE England only, but possibly under-recorded.
Habitat: River banks, estuaries, saltmarshes, coastal cliffs, and rough ground near the sea.
Host plant: Sea wormwood Seriphidium maritimum and wormwoods/mugwort Artemisia spp. Occasionally on other plants.
Overwintering: As adults
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae at roots.
Other notes: Adults parasitised by an unidentified nematode.

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