Cionus alauda

    Description

    A small (3 mm) light coloured weevil with a distinctive dark brownish patch on the elytra behind the pronotum, and another near the tip.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Around Figwort, the foodplant for adults and larvae.

    When to see it

    Late spring and summer.

    Life History

    Associated with Figwort, the food plan for both adults and larvae. Adults overwinter in the soil around the host plant and on emerging in the spring.

    UK Status

    A local species, fairly frequent in the southern half of Britain, becoming scarcer further north into Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 13 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map