Nedyus quadrimaculatus

    Description

    Length about 3 mm. This small dark and very convex weevil may often be rocognised by the presence of two prominent patches of pale scales on the elytra although these may be absent and the extent of pale scaling in general varies.

    Similar Species

    Nedyus quadrimaculatus is broadly similar to Parethelcus pollinarius and both are common on nettles. The white spots on the elytra of Nedyus are usually distinctive though early in the year they may be worn - fresh adults appear in mid summer. Parethelcus also has dark tibiae and a large tooth on the underside of the front femur. It also has a projection on the side of the pronotum.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found on Nettles.

    When to see it

    From early spring and into July.

    UK Status

    Common in Wales, central and southern England, fewer records from elsewhere in Britain but probably under recorded there.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 133 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map