Parethelcus pollinarius

    Description

    A small (3 or 4 mm) broad bodied dark brown/black looking weevil with a long snout (rostrum).

    Similar Species

    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.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Around Common Nettle.

    When to see it

    March to early July.

    Life History

    Associated with Common Nettle.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 31 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map