Nettle Weevil - Phyllobius pomaceus


Length 7-9 mm. This beetle has a metallic green/blue covering of thin, elongate scales which are pointed apically. However the scales easily rub off and older specimens can look almost black. The front femur has a prominent tooth. The rostrum is longer than wide. The body is black (under the scales) and the legs are dark brown.

Similar Species

P. glaucus can be very similar but usually has more reddish legs.

See our ID Aid below.

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.

phyllobius ID


Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, photographic evidence is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used. Note the beetle's size and describe the identifying characters. It is advisable to retain the specimen in case further checks are needed.


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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map

Species profile

Common names
Green Nettle Weevil
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
27/04/2007 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
30/06/2023 (Pugh, Dylan)

Total records by month

% of records within its species group

10km squares with records

The latest images and records displayed below include those awaiting verification checks so we cannot guarantee that every identification is correct. Once accepted, the record displays a green tick.

In the Latest Records section, click on the header to sort A-Z, and again to sort Z-A. Use the header boxes to filter the list.

Latest images

Latest records