Ragwort Flea Beetle - Longitarsus jacobaeae

    Alt Name
    Tansy Flea Beetle

    This beetle is light golden brown in colour and between 2 and 4 mm long. It has enlarged femurs typical of flea beetles.

    Identification difficulty

    Feeds on the leaves of Ragwort, particularly Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea).

    When to see it

    All year round peaking June to September.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 26 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