Xylocleptes bispinus

Description

A tiny (1.8 to 3.2 mm) hairy, brown beetle associated with Clematis species, particularly Traveller's-joy (Clematis vitalba).

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.  Please also state whether recorded in association with Clematis species.

Habitat

Where the host species - Clematis vitalba (and sometimes C. orientalis) occur.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Larvae bore into the dead and dying branches of Clematis species.

UK Status

Widespread in the southern half of Britain, but not well recorded.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland – the February 2021record is believed to be the first confirmed record for VC55 – however this is a tiny species that is only likely to be found when looked for specifically, so may be more common than records suggest.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map