Longitarsus tabidus (Fabricius, 1775)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus tabidus


Longitarsus tabidus


Size: 3.5-4mm
Basic colour: Yellow-orange
Pattern colour: Elytral suture sometimes darkened.
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour, hind femora darkened (sometimes only slightly).
Confusion species: Longitarsus nigrofasciatus

Palaearctic, including North Africa.


Status: Very local and patchy in England and Wales only. Scarce (Notable B)
Habitat: Calcareous grassland, woodland clearings, heathland, roadside verges, sand pits and sand dunes.
Host plant: Various mulleins, Verbascum spp.
Overwintering: As adults, probably also as larvae, and possibly also as eggs (i.e. probably two generations per year).
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae at roots.
Other notes: Adults may be parasitised by an unidentified nematode. Similar to L. nigrofasciatus, but elytral punctures coarser and denser than on pronotum.

Distribution (may take a minute to appear)