Orchestes fagi

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map