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), and also Veronica beccabunga (Brooklime) and Veronica scutellata.  The gall is a swollen ovary up to 8 x 5 mm causing a distinct enlargement of the flower.

Identification difficulty

Gall

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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Species profile

Species group:
Beetles
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Coleoptera
Family:
Curculionidae
Records on NatureSpot:
9
First record:
18/09/2015 (Gould, David)
Last record:
22/09/2023 (Smith, Peter)

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