Liophloeus tessulatus

Description

Reaching about 10 mm in length this is a buff or pale brown weevil. The elytra sometimes have a slightly speckled appearance.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Anywhere from meadows to mountains, feeding on a wide range of common wild plants such as Creeping Thistle, Cow Parsley, Hogweed, Ivy and Colt's-foot.

When to see it

Adults found mostly from spring to late summer.

Life History

Strangely, at low levels, the females are able to reproduce parthenogenically without male intervention but at higher altitudes where partners might appear to be fewer in number and more difficult to find, the weevils resort to 'normal' bi-sexual reproduction.

UK Status

It is fairly common in England, though there are fewer records from Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 30 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