Longitarsus aeruginosus (Foudras, 1860)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus aeruginosus


Size: 2.5-3mm
Basic colour: Yellowish to reddish or brownish
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour (hind femora variably darkened)
Confusion species: Longitarsus succineus

Western Palaearctic (excluding Scandinavia & Baltic states). Suspecies algiricus known from North Africa.


Status: Rare, a few records from southern England only; last recorded in Dorset in 1925.
RDB Category: Endangered (RDB1)
Habitat: Coastal & riverbanks
Host plant: Hemp-agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) & common comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
Overwintering: As adults that emerged in autumn.
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae at roots
Other notes: Long attenae with elongate segments.

Distribution (may take a minute to appear)