Longitarsus longiseta Weise, 1889

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus longiseta

Common name: 

Heath Speedwell Flea Beetle


Size: 1.6-2mm
Basic colour: Yellowish to reddish or brownish
Pattern colour: Elytral suture darkened along its entire length, although this may fade after death. Head black.
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour, hind femora black

Palaearctic (excluding Iberia)


Status: Rare (SE England only) with few records, possibly threatened by scrub encroachment.
RDB Category: Insufficiently Known (RDBK)
Habitat: Open woodland clearings, shady grassland and fallow fields (especially adjacent to woodland)
Host plant: Heath speedwell, Veronica officinalis.
Overwintering: Probably as adults
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae probably at roots.


Booth, R.G. (1994). Longitarsus longiseta Weise rediscovered and Longitarsus obliteratoides Gruev (Chrysomelidae) new to Britain. The Coleopterist 3(1): 4.

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