Longitarsus fowleri Allen, 1967

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus fowleri


Size: 1.4-1.7mm
Basic colour: Yellowish
Pattern colour: Head slightly darker than basic colour, elytra slightly shiny
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour

Palaearctic, but outside the UK, only known from Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia.


Status: Scattered in southern England; Scarce (Notable A)
Habitat: Dry soils in calcareous grassland, parkland, quarries, chalk pits, disturbed ground and coastal land-slips.
Host plant: Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum); sometimes accidentally on other plants.
Overwintering: As adults
Food: Adults usually on the undersides of young rosette leaves of first-year plants in spring, and on the upper surface of older plants later in the year; larvae probably on/at roots.
Other notes: Described as a new species in 1967.


Cox, M.L. (2015). Longitarsus fowleri Allen, 1967 synonymised with L. strigicollis Wollaston, 1864 (Chrysomelidae). The Coleopterist 24(2): 93.

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