Rhamphus pulicarius


A small black weevil 1.4 to 2 mm, with heavily punctured elytra. 

Identification difficulty

Where the larval foodplants - Birch, Willow, and Poplar occur.

When to see it

The larval mines can be seen from August to October.

Life History

The larva feed on Birch, Willow, and Poplar producing a mine in the leaves. 

UK Status

Widespread, particularly in the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Only occasionally recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 9 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map