Pachyrhinus lethierryi

    Description

    3.6 - 4.5mm. Usually bright green due to oval scales and with a domed head and wide-set eyes. It has a bare ridge across the rostrum between the eyes.

    Variety lostiae has a differently coloured head due to golden or pinkish scales. 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.

    Similar Species

    There are many other broad-nosed weevils that are of similar size with green scales (Phyllobius, Polydrusus), however the domed head and bare ridge on the rostrum between the eyes and diagnostic of Pachyrhinus.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • 3.6 - 4.5mm
    • domed and broad head giving it a 'teddy bear' look
    • oval scales - green to grey
    • semi-erect hairs
    • bare ridge across the rostrum between the eye sockets
    Habitat

    Often found around evergreens of the Cypress fir family particularly Leyland Cypress, (Cupressus x leylandii) , and therefore often turns 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

    Increasingly common in Leicestershire and Rutland though probably under recorded. The Sapcote record of 23rd May 2012 is believed to be the first for VC55.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map