Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
"Light brown, usually with a black triangle or a broad, dark stripe on the thorax. The body has parallel sides, is 3-5 mm long and half as wide, and is punctuated with coarse dots and fine, dense hairs." - Cornell
Native to the entire Palaearctic Region(1)
; introduced since 1992 in a number of ne. and nw. US states and several areas in Canada
Very specific host, the invasive purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria. It is not known to feed on any native plants.
Female lays 300-400 eggs per year. Pupation occurs in the soil. From egg to adult takes about 6 weeks, and the adult lives 8-10 weeks. One generation per year.
Imported from Europe as a biocontrol to combat purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria