Longitarsus obliteratus (Rosenhauer, 1847)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus obliteratus


Size: 1.1-1.5mm
Basic colour: Blackish, usually with a weak metallic reflection.
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: Yellow-orange, hind femora darkened.
Confusion species: Longitarsus obliteratoides

Palaearctic (not Scandinavia), including the Middle East and North Africa.


Status: Scattered south of the Humber estuary, plus an old record from Armagh, Ireland.
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Various Lamiaceae, especially Breckland thyme, Thymus serpyllum
Overwintering: As adults, eggs and early instar larvae.
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae at roots.
Other notes: Elytral punctures coarser than in L. obliteratoides

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