Longitarsus dorsalis (Fabricius, 1781)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus dorsalis


Longitarsus dorsalis


Size: 2-3mm
Basic colour: Black or very dark blackish-brown
Pattern colour: Usually with yellow to reddish bands along the outer edges of the elytra
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: Usually as basic colour, sometimes paler
Leg colour: As basic colour

SW Palaearctic


Status: Widespread in England south of the Humber; not recorded from Scotland, Ireland or Wales. Scarce (Notable B)
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Various Asteraceae, mainly ragworts Senecio spp. and especially the common ragwort S. jacobaea
Overwintering: As adults (e.g. under bark)
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae in roots


Hubble, D. & Wallace, J. (2012). Longitarsus dorsalis (Fabricius) (Chrysomelidae) new to Nottinghamshire. The Coleopterist 21(2): 100.
Alexander, K.N.A. (2009). Longitarsus dorsalis (Fabricius) (Chrysomelidae) in Devon. The Coleopterist 18(1): 66.

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