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

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.


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

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