Longitarsus reichei (Allard, 1860)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus reichei


Size: 1.5-2mm
Basic colour: Yellowish, orange or orange-brown
Pattern colour: None, head dark reddish or pitchy yellow.
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour, hind femora darkened.
Confusion species: Longitarsus pratensis

Western Palaearctic, including Turkey, Armenia, Iran, Ukraine and Russia.


Status: Widely scattered, mainly England and Wales.
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Plantains (Plantago spp.), occasionally (and probably accidentally) on other plants.
Overwintering: As adults
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae at roots.
Other notes: Adults parasitised by larvae of a braconid wasp, probably Perilitus sp. Elytra more elongate than in L. pratensis, which has the head dark brown to blackish, sometimes pitchy.

Distribution (may take a minute to appear)