Clover Seed Weevil - Protapion apricans


    Size 2.2 to 2.7 mm. A small black weevil with yellow legs.  There are other similar species which make correct identification to species level difficult and detailed examination is needed.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    Clover rich meadows.

    When to see it

    March to November, but peaking May to July.

    Life History

    Feeds on the flowers of Clover (especially Trifolium pratense).

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent especially in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map