Protapion trifolii

Alternative names
Lesser Clover Seed Weevil
Apion aestivum

Body length, 1.7 to 2.1 mm, not including the head. Body, antennae, and tarsi are black. Fore coxae and trochanters are reddish or dark-reddish, distinctly darker than femora. Femora yellow-reddish. Mid and hind tibiae are black or dark-brown; fore tibia is lighter. There are other quite similar species and identification under magnification is necessary.

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.


Grassland where clover is present.

When to see it

Mainly found from April to September.

UK Status

Most records seem to come from the southern half of Britain although it is recorded from as far north as the Scottish Islands.

VC55 Status

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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