Pachyrhinus lethierryi


    A fairly large weevil and quite a vivid green when fresh.The typical form is all green including the head, but another variety (sometimes referred to as variety lostiae) has a differently coloured head caused by more golden or pinkish scales on the head. It is an infrasubspecific variety (i.e. one that has no real populational meaning) and as such it is not regulated by the ICZN (Zoological Nomenclature) code, so doesn't particularly mean anything taxonomically.

    Identification difficulty

    Often found around evergreens of the Cypress fir family particularly Leyland Cypress, (Cupressus x leylandii) , and therefore may turn up in gardens and parks where these are present.

    When to see it

    Spring and summer.

    UK Status

    Pachyrhinus lethierryi was first found in the UK in 2003 and has spread rapidly north since.

    VC55 Status

    Still rare in Leicestershire and Rutland though probably under recorded. The Sapcote record of 23rd May 2012 is believed to be the first for VC55. There were only 5 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map