Larinus planus

Alternative names
Larinus carlinae

Adult weevils are oval shaped, 5 to 10mm long. Wing covers are slightly pock-marked with greyish-white tufts of hair. Their rostrum is long and narrow. 

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

This is a rarely recorded species in VC55 so a photo is required supporting any record. If possible the specimen should be retained unless confirmation is required.


Scrub and waste areas where thistles occur.

When to see it

Most likely to be encountered during the summer months.

Life History

It feeds primarily on the floral buds of various thistles, with the larvae stage being the most destructive to them.

UK Status

Mainly recorded in south-west England and in Wales.

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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