Bruchus rufimanus

Description

Sometimes known as the Broad Bean Weevil (or Broad Bean Beetle). At about 5 mm, this is the largest species in the genus Bruchus. The elytra are grey-brown, flecked with white, and are shorter than the body. The antennae are orange at the base, and whilst the front legs are reddish, the middle legs are black.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Anywhere that the larval foodplants can be found, and a pest of Broad Bean crops.

Life History

Particularly fond of Broad Beans but also other members of the Vicia family. The Bruchid beetle larvae tunnel into the developing bean seeds within the pod and the subsequent exit holes can cause sufficient damage which can lead to crop rejection.

UK Status

Widespread in England but fewer records from elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 29 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

UK Map