Longitarsus brunneus (Duftschmid, 1825)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus brunneus


Size: 2-2.5mm
Basic colour: Red-brown
Pattern colour: Elytral suture sometimes narrowly darkened.
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour

Palaearctic, possibly also in North Africa.


Status: Widely and sparsely scattered. Scarce (Notable B), no records from Ireland.
Habitat: Usually wetlands (inland and littoral), including marshes, fens and bogs.
Host plant: Common meadow-rue (Thalictrum flavum), French meadow-rue (T. aquilegiifolium) and sea aster (Aster tripolium) - possibly also other Asteraceae.
Overwintering: As adults from the 2nd partial generation each year.
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae at roots.
Other notes: Adults parasitised by an unidentified braconid wasp larva, possible a species of Perilitus.

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