Longitarsus membranaceus (Foudras, 1860)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus membranaceus

Common name: 

Wood sage flea beetle


Longitarsus membranaceus


Size: 1.6-1.8mm
Basic colour: Yellow to orange or orange-brown
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: Pale orange (slightly darker than the elytra)
Leg colour: As basic colour
Confusion species: Longitarsus ferrugineus

Western Palaearctic (excluding Scandinavia & Baltic states), including North Africa


Status: Widespread, mainly in England and Wales
Habitat: Woodland, especially clearings & rides; also chalk grassland, fens, moorland and grassy sea cliffs.
Host plant: Various Lamiaceae, mainly wood sage Teucrium scorodonia. Also collected from oaks.
Overwintering: Probably as adaults and larvae (two generations per year)
Food: Wood sage: adults on leaves, larvae at roots.

Distribution (may take a minute to appear)