Longitarsus plantagomaritimus Dollman, 1912

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus plantagomaritimus


Size: 2.4-2.7mm
Basic colour: Yellowish to reddish or brownish
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour, hind femora darkened. Males have strongly swollen first tarsal segments on the front legs.
Confusion species: Longitarsus kutscherae
, Confusion species: Longitarsus melanocephalus

NW Palaearctic, as far north as the coast of the White Sea.


Status: Scattered around the coast (not in Ireland). Scarce (Notable B)
Habitat: Various littoral habitats.
Host plant: Sea plantain Plantago maritima
Overwintering: As adults
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae probably at roots and/or leaf petioles.
Other notes: Separation from L. kutscherae and L. melanocephalus may be attempted using size/width of male front tarsi, but dissection of genitalia may be required.

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