Fungus Weevil

With no common name, Platystomos albinus is one of the so-called fungus weevils. Its patchy appearance helps break up its outline, and camouflage it on the trees that it feeds on.

 

HABITAT AND DISTRIBUTION

P. albinus is found throughout Europe, including the UK, and the Near East. Within the UK, this species is more likely to be encountered in southern areas. The preferred habitat for this weevil are tress infected with fungus, mainly Alder and Beech.

 

DESCRIPTION

A small weevil, P. albinus has a length of 7 - 10mm with a rounded, knobbled body. The overall colour is a light brown in the female, and may be dark brown or grey-brown in the male. The body also shows creamy white patches near the rear, middle of the elytra (wing cases) and on the head. The long narrow legs are banded in light and dark brown and creamy-white. The long banded antennae also exhibit cream patches towards the tips. The females antennae are smaller, with the males being as long as his body. The male is generally more narrow and shorter in length than the female. The specimen in this photo was identified as a male due to the length of his antennae.

 

DIET, BEHAVIOUR AND REPRODUCTION

The larvae are found in decaying deciduous trees.

 

STATUS

P. albinus is not considered common in the UK, the PFW team found this specimen near Minehead, UK.