Gorse Weevil - Exapion ulicis

Alternative names
Apion 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.

Identification difficulty

Around Gorse.

When to see it

Spring and summer.

Life History

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.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 30 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map