Clay-coloured Weevil - Otiorhynchus singularis


A clay brown weevil about 8 mm long.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, photographic evidence is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used. Note the beetle's size and describe the identifying characters. It is advisable to retain the specimen in case further checks are needed.


These weevils feed on shrubs such as Rhododendrons and Raspberry and can be a pest of Raspberry fruit farmers.

When to see it

Adults can be found from spring to late summer.

Life History

Adults emerge in early spring. They climb up the plant after dark and feed on developing buds and flower shoots. They shelter in the soil and debris at the base of the plant. Eggs are laid in the soil and soon hatch. The larvae feed on the roots, often at a depth of about 50 cm. When fully mature, they pupate in earthen cells and emerge as adults.

UK Status

A common weevil although most records come from the western side of Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Clay-coloured Weevil, Raspberry Weevil
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/05/1992 (Jon Daws)
Last record:
30/05/2022 (Sexton, Timothy)

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