Figwort Weevil - Cionus scrophulariae


    This weevil has a grey or blackish body with a patterned ribbed appearance and dark spots on the elytra. The head and thorax are pale.

    Identification difficulty

    Around the foodplants Figwort and Mullein

    Life History

    When disturbed the adult drops from the plant and is well camouflaged as a crumb of soil. The slug-shaped larvae are covered in very shiny, sticky 'glue', resembling a droplet of tar. This is very distasteful to both potential predators and parasites.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain with fewer records from the north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 39 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map