Aphthona euphorbiae

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Aphthona euphorbiae (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Udo Schmidt
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Aphthona euphorbiae (Schrank, 1781) - (large flax flea beetle)

This flea beetle is found in Europe and neighbouring regions, including temperate parts of western Asia. It can be a pest of lindseed seedlings. The larvae feed on the roots, while the adult beetles feed on the leaves. The adults are around 2 mm long with a dark, metallic colouration. For another flea beetle with a similar biology and distribution see Longitarsus parvulus.