Birch Leaf Roller - Deporaus betulae

    Description

    This is a black weevil with punctate elytra and is about 5 mm long. The males have swollen femora on the rear legs but not the females.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found on Birch.

    When to see it

    Spring and summer.

    Life History

    The females cut most of the way through a leaf, producing an inverted cone, in which an egg is laid.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 21 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map