Longitarsus rutilus (Illiger, 1807)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus rutilus


Size: 2.5-3mm
Basic colour: Dusky yellow to reddish
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: As basic colour
Leg colour: As basic colour, hind femora usually slightly darkened (reddish-yellow to brownish). Compare with the similar L. agilis.
Confusion species: Longitarsus agilis

Western Palaearctic including North Africa and Yemen.


Status: Scarce (Notable A) in southern England.
RDB Category: Vulnerable (RDB2)
Habitat: Usully near stream & pond margins, marshes and in woodland clearings; sometimes clay pits and chalky slopes.
Host plant: Figworts, Scrophularia spp.
Overwintering: as adults
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae probably at roots.

Distribution (may take a minute to appear)