Birch Leaf Roller - Deporaus betulae


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

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.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map