Longitarsus dorsalis


    This small beetle (2 to 3 mm) has a black head and an brown pronotum. The dark elytra have broad yellow margins.

    Identification difficulty

    Often found on post-industrial sites where Ragwort and Groundsel is plentiful.

    When to see it

    All year round, but perhaps more common in the cooler months than in the summer.

    Life History

    Feeds on the roots and leaves of various plants especially Groundsel and Ragwort.

    UK Status

    Most records come from south of a line between the Severn and the Humber. It is quite a local species, but seems to be increasing in numbers.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland, but posibly becoming more common in our area. There were a total of 17 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map