Scarce Fungus Weevil - Platyrhinus resinosus


    This is truly an odd looking creature and could hardly be confused with anything else, except perhaps the Platystomos species. The mix of dark and light areas on the elytra may vary, but the general appearance does not - the 'face' is always lighter due to a covering of pale hairs. Also known as the Cramp-ball Fungus Weevil.

    Identification difficulty


    When to see it

    June and July are peak times for the adult.

    Life History

    The larvae develop inside the black fungus known as King Alfred's Cakes or Cramp Balls (Daldinia concentrica).

    UK Status

    It is not quite as scarce as its common name would suggest. British records come mainly from England around a line from the Humber to the Severn.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 44 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map