Gorse Weevil - Exapion ulicis
Length 2 to 3 mm. The adult weevil is light grey in colour with the female having a long rostrum half as long as its body. The male's rostrum is only about as long as the pronotum, and shorter than the antennae.
Spring and summer.
The adult feeds on Gorse by digging into the soft tissue of the stem and spines with its snout, creating characteristic round holes as evidence. The larva does more damage, however. It emerges from its egg inside the gorse seed pod and feeds on the seeds for six to eight weeks. The larva then pupates for about two months.
Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 30 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
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