Orchestes fagi


These are small (2 to 3 mm) but very distinctive weevils, black dark brown or blackish with antennae, tarsi and sometimes the extreme tip of the rostrum and tibial apices red.

Identification difficulty

Typical habitat is broadleaved woodland with a varied shrub layer, wooded pasture, parkland and hedgerows where the host is present. They become active on evergreens during February and move to Hawthorn as soon as the buds burst, typically a month or so before those of beech. Adults feed on Hawthorn leaves as they open although this may not be the only host at this time. They will move to Beech as soon as the buds burst on that species.

When to see it

Peak time is May to September, but see above.

UK Status

With the exception of Shetland this species is common and often abundant throughout the British Isles.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 22 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map