Lesser Clover Leaf Weevil - Hypera nigrirostris


    3 to 4 mm, rostrum or beak is three times as long as it is broad and notched at its base. The eyes are large, transverse and non-protuberant. The pronotum has a greenish-gold sheen and the elytra have a greenish metallic appearance, both being the result of the presence of dissected scales.

    Similar Species

    Other Hyperia species.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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    Areas with plenty of Clover and Bird's-foot-trefoil.

    When to see it

    All year. 

    Life History

    Adults feed on clover and Birds-foot-trefoil.

    UK Status

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

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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