Longitarsus parvulus Paykull Flax flea beetle

This widely distributed pest occurs most commonly on flax and linseed. Damage is similar to that caused by Aphthona euphorbiae (p. 138); both pests have a similar life history but adults

H / elongated basal lH / segment of tarsus

Fig. 218 Hindleg of flax flea beetle, Longitarsus parvulus.

of Longitarsus parvulus tend to emerge from hibernation slightly earlier in the spring. Adults are 1.2-1.6 mm long and black or brown, with a slightly metallic lustre; the elytra are finely punctured and, characteristically, the basal segment of each hind tarsus is elongated (Fig. 218).

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