Clay-coloured Weevil - Otiorhynchus singularis


    A clay brown weevil about 8 mm long.

    Identification difficulty

    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. There were a total of 80 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map