Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Mystery Beetle?- Solved

Hi all, my son found this on my rear patio in Upper Caldecote on 12th April. Having looked through my insect books I still have no idea what it is. Approx. 12mm long. Does anyone know what it is, as I'm sure I've never seen one before.

It looks like this is a Cramp-ball Fungus Weevil Platyrhinus resinosus. Identified by Andy Whitney.

2 comments:

Andy Whitney said...

Matt - this looks like Platyrhinus resinosus - listed under Weevils p.136 in Collins Complete British Insects by Michael Chinery.

Andy.

Matt Burgess said...

Andy et al.- I've had a look now, well spotted. The venacular for this species is the comical sounding Cramp-ball Fungus Weevil and is an Nb species with a 'local' distribution.