Longitarsus nasturtii (Fabricius, 1793)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus nasturtii


Size: 1.5-1.8mm
Basic colour: Dusky yellowish-red
Pattern colour: Broad black sutural line on elytra
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: Black
Leg colour: As basic colour
Confusion species: Longitarsus aeneicollis



Status: Widespread but uncommon in England & S. Wales. Scarce (Notable B), appearing to have declined long-term in eastern England in particular.
Habitat: Woodland clearings and calcareous grassland, chalky hedgerows, sand, shingle, and possibly river banks.
Host plant: various Boraginaceae, especially vipe'rs-bugloss (Echium vulgare) and hound's-tongue (Cynoglossum officinale)
Overwintering: As adults
Food: Boraginaceae: adults on leaves, larvae probably at roots
Other notes: Adults parasitised by a braconid wasp, probably Perilitus sp.

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