Oak Leaf-roller - Attelabus nitens

Alternative names
Oak Roller Weevil

This is a distinctive reddish brown coloured weevil with a black head. The males measure about 5 mm in length, but the females are larger, at around 7 to 8 mm.

Identification difficulty

Often found in woodland on Oak, but also on other trees such as Beech and Birch.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

The single egg is laid near the edge of a leaf; the leaf is cut and rolled up to protect the developing egg.

UK Status

Widespread in England and Wales, but not particularly common.

VC55 Status

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

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

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