Longitarsus suturellus (Duftschmid, 1825)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Longitarsus > Longitarsus suturellus


Size: 1.8-2.2mm
Basic colour: Elytra yellowish
Pattern colour: Elytral suture usually darkened, usually along its whole length (this feature varies). Head dark brown to black (i.e. darker than pronotum)
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: Orange-brown, reddish-brown or dark brown (i.e. darker than elytra)
Leg colour: As basic colour, hind femora darkened.
Confusion species: Longitarsus ganglbaueri



Status: Widespread and common
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Various Asteraceae
Overwintering: As adults in haystacks, grass tussocks and moss on logs.
Food: Adults on leaves, larvae at roots (though the larval host range is somewhat uncertain and only confirmed for groundsel Senecio vulgaris)
Other notes: Adults parasitised by larvae of a braconid wasp, probably Perilitus sp.

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