Figwort Weevil - Cionus scrophulariae

Description

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
Habitat

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