Malvapion malvae

Description

1.8 to 2.4 mm.  The mostly orange elytra, yellow legs and dense pubescence gives this species a unique appearance. Head, thorax and base of elytra shining black with dense light yellow pubescence. Rostrum cylindrical, pubescent almost to apex in male, to around antennal insertions in female. Female rostrum longer. Antennae orange, darker apically and inserted near base of rostrum. Elytral striae well impressed, interstices flat and finely rugose. Dark basal colour often extending along suture and lateral edge. Mid and hind tibiae with weak terminal spurs in male. Claws strongly toothed at base.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Please supply a photograph with your records as this species is not well recorded in our area.

Habitat

Usually found on Mallows and best searched for on Mallow plants that occur on waste ground or road verges.

When to see it

April to July.

Life History

The larvae develop in the fruits of Mallows.

UK Status

Widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Thought to be 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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