A small (3 or 4 mm) broad bodied dark brown/black looking weevil with a long snout (rostrum).
Parethelcus pollinarius is broadly similar to Nedyus quadrimaculatus 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.
Around Common Nettle.
March to early July.
Associated with Common Nettle.
Common and widespread in Britain.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 31 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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