Oxystoma cerdo

Description

A small (2.4 to 3 mm) dark grey weevil with ribbed elytra.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

Habitat

It has been recorded from woodland rides, grassland, hedgerows, floodplain fens and road-side verges where vetches occur.

When to see it

May to September/October

Life History

The species is associated with Vetches (Vicia species), particularly Tufted Vetch Vicia cracca and the larvae occur in the pods.

UK Status

This weevil is widespread but local in the Midlands and northern England, and also recorded in southern and eastern England.

VC55 Status

Infrequently recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland, but may be increasing in our area as all records for VC55 have come since the year 2000.

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

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