The other day I saw a small beetle about a quarter of an inch, one of those rounded ones that cling to your hand. It was black and very ordinary looking except that it had a proboscis a little longer than it’s body. It was long thin and lightly curved. Looked like a hover fly proboscis. Can anyone identify please?
Thanks for the suggestion but I don’t think there is a shieldbug with a smooth shiny domed black body. It looked most like a tiny timarcha but with this single proboscis instead of antennae. If there were antennae they weren’t very noticeable. I wish I’d got a photo, but I was on the phone at the time and it kept trying to get up my sleeve, so I put it out on a leaf.
Wow dgm! Sorry for the delay. Been busy. The body and legs are right, but the one in the picture looks more like a horn than proboscis, and I would have noticed the two lower prongs. Surely that isn’t a British species? I saw one on the box that looked like the one I saw, but that wasn’t British either. The proboscis was thinner and not so curved, but otherwise the shape was the same. Perhaps it was an immigrant? We seem to be getting a lot of continental insects in Kent in the last few years.