Zeugophora subspinosa (Fabricius, 1781)

Taxonomy: Polyphaga > Chrysomeloidea > Megalopodidae > Zeugophora > Zeugophora subspinosa

Images

Zeugophora subspinosa
Zeugophora subspinosa

Description

Size: 2.7-3.5mm
Basic colour: Elytra black.
Pattern colour: None
Number of spots: None
Pronotoum: Orange-yellow
Leg colour: Orange-yellow

Western Palaearctic.

Biology

Status: Widespread and locally common in England, scattered in Scotland and south Wales, recorded in Ireland (Co. Clare) in 1971. Not current categorisation though possibly declining, and previously listed as Scarce (Notable B).
Habitat: Various
Host plant: Aspen and other poplars, also willows
Overwintering: As adults
Food: Adults on leaves (largely of saplings) leaving behind a perforated network of veins; larvae are leaf miners forming black blotches.
Other notes: Head orange-yellow. Leaf-mining larvae parasitised by the pimpline ichneumon Scambus inanis and the braconid wasp Meteorus brevicauda.

Distribution (may take a minute to appear)