Nettle Weevil - Phyllobius pomaceus

    Description

    Length 9 mm. This beetle has a metallic bluish-green covering of scales. However the scales easily rub off and older specimens can look almost black. The front femur has a prominent tooth and the scales are oval.

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    Identification difficulty
    Identification aids

    Phyllobius is a genus of broad-nosed weevils that are commonly found on low herbage and in trees during spring and summer. Most are covered in metallic green scales that give them a very attractive appearance. There are 9 species and most look similar but they can be separated by carefully comparing the range of features shown in the table below, either under a binocular microscope or with a x20 hand-lens.

    Phyllobius weevils can be distinguished from the similar genus Polydrusus by looking where the antennae emerge from the rostrum. In Phyllobius the antennae emerge from the top whilst in Polydrusus they are positioned at the side. When looking directly down on the beetle it is usually clear to see.

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    Habitat

    Most commonly found on Nettles.

    When to see it

    April to late June.

    UK Status

    Common throughout England and Wales and with a few scattered records from Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 70 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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