Exapion fuscirostre

Description

A small (2 to 3 mm) grey-brown weevil with a long snout and light brown legs.

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. Please state the host plant on which the species was found when adding your record.

Habitat

Strongly associated with Broom and usually recorded by beating or sweeping Broom.

When to see it

April to September.

Life History

The adult feeds on new growth at the tips of stems of Broom. The adult female lays eggs inside the plant's seed pod, where the larvae hatch and consume the seeds over a period of a few weeks.

UK Status

Widespread in the southern half of Britain but rather local.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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