Large Pine Weevil - Hylobius abietis


This large weevil (10 -13mm) has orange or creamy-yellow bands on the elytra across a dark background.

Identification difficulty

Coniferous forests and areas with coniferous trees. The name is slightly misleading because Large Pine Weevils feed on the living bark of most woody or herbaceous plants.

When to see it

Mostly seen from spring to autumn.

Life History

Hylobius abietis and species of Hylastes (Black Pine Beetles) breed principally in stumps and roots of felled trees of a wide range of conifer species. The adults hibernate overwinter and then feed on the bark of mainly sapling fir, pine and spruce. This damage can prevent the young tree growing. Adults can live up to four years.

UK Status

Although it is widespread throughout Britain, it is rather local, with populations being dependant on the food plant being available in numbers.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 12 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map