Luperus longicornis (Fabricius, 1781)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Chrysomelidae > Luperus > Luperus longicornis

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Luperus longicornis

Description

Size: 3.5-5mm
Basic colour: Black
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: Black/very dark (sides distinctly curved)
Leg colour: As basic colour
Confusion species: Luperus flavipes

Palaearctic

Biology

Status: Widespread and locally common (not recorded from Ireland).
Habitat: Various, mainly damp.
Host plant: Various, mainly young bushes or trees.
Overwintering: Adults rarely survive past September, therefore presumably overwinter as eggs and/or larvae.
Food: Adults on willow & birch leaves (possibly also pollen e.g. of hawthorn), larvae probably on grass roots.

Distribution (may take a minute to appear)