Trichosirocalus troglodytes


    A very small weevil of about 3.5 mm length. It is pale brown (sometimes slightly reddish) with a few paler whitish markings. Orange-brown legs, brown body. Angular rear, patch of warts on rear of each wing-case. Erect oval scales on wing-cases. Rather large pronotum. Patterns of scales when fresh, but in many individuals these have worn away. One of our commonest weevils. 

    Identification difficulty

    Where Ribwort Plantain grows.

    When to see it

    Fresh adults appear in mid to late summer and overwinter.

    Life History

    Larvae develop in the flower stems of Ribwort Plantain.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 62 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