Phyllobius roboretanus - Phyllobius roboretanus

Description

A smallish green weevil about 5 mm in length, sometimes called the Small Green Nettle Weevil. Most Phyllobius weevils have a prominent tooth on the underside of the femora, but this is not the case with Phyllobius roboretanus. It also has a very steep, almost vertical, rear end to the elytra. It has round scales and dark femora.

Similar Species

This species is quite similar to P. virideaeris, which is another Phyllobius without the femoral tooth (the third is P. viridicollis but this lacks scales and appears black), but they differ on the underside. P. roboretanus only has a thin covering of fine scales, with much of the underlying surface visible. In P. virideaeris the underside is densely coated with round scales, the same as the upperside. P. roboretanus also appears rather earlier in the year. However the easiest way to separate them is by the steepness of the elytra at the posterior end - this is very steep in P. roboretanus but shallow in P. virideaeris.

See our ID Guide to Phyllobius weevils.

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Habitat

Often in foliage of trees and bushes.

When to see it

Appears from late April onwards.

UK Status

Widespread and quite common in much of England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 73 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map