Scarce Fungus Weevil - Platyrhinus resinosus

Description

This is truly an odd looking creature and could hardly be confused with anything else. The mix of dark and light areas on the elytra may vary, but the general appearance does not - the 'face' is always lighter due to a covering of pale hairs. Also known as the Cramp-ball Fungus Weevil.

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Habitat

Woodland.

When to see it

June and July are peak times for the adult.

Life History

The larvae develop inside the black fungus known as King Alfred's Cakes or Cramp Balls (Daldinia concentrica).

UK Status

It is not quite as scarce as its common name would suggest. British records come mainly from England around a line from the Humber to the Severn.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 44 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map