Longitarsus ballotae (Marsham, 1802)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus ballotae


Size: 1.6-2.2mm
Basic colour: Dull yellowish
Pattern colour: Head reddish-brown, maybe dark, sometimes pitchy and almost black
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: Pale yellowish to reddish or brownish

Palaearctic (excluding Scandinavia)


Status: Widely scattered in southern England & Wales. Scarce (Notable B)
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Various Lamiaceae
Overwintering: Adults hibernate, probably under bark
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae probably at roots
Other notes: Short-oval in form.


Alexander, K.N.A. (2005). Longitarsus ballotae (Marsham) (Chrysomelidae) in South West England. The Coleopterist 14(2): 84.

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