Gymnetron villosulum

    Description

    2.1 to 2.9mm. The larvae of this small weevil feed within galls formed in the seed-capsules of Veronica species, particularly V. anagallis-aquatica (Blue Water-speedwell) and V. catenata (Pink Water-Speedwell). The gall is a swollen ovary up to 8 x 5 mm causing a distinct enlargement of the flower.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    The sides of rivers, streams, ponds and other wet places where the host plants are likely to be present.

    UK Status

    Notable B. Widespread but local in southern England. Rare or absent elsewhere.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce or under-recorded. There wereonly 2 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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