Phyllobius glaucus

    Description

    7.5 to 10 mm. A large weevil, similar to P. pomaceus but the femora are pale and its scales are pointed.

    Similar Species

    See our ID Aid below.

    Identification difficulty
    Identification aids

    Phyllobius is a genus of broad-nosed weevils that are commonly found on low herbage and in trees during spring and summer. Most are covered in metallic green scales that give them a very attractive appearance. There are 9 species and most look similar but they can be separated by carefully comparing the range of features shown in the table below, either under a binocular microscope or with a x20 hand-lens.

    Phyllobius weevils can be distinguished from the similar genus Polydrusus by looking where the antennae emerge from the rostrum. In Phyllobius the antennae emerge from the top whilst in Polydrusus they are positioned at the side. When looking directly down on the beetle it is usually clear to see.

    phyllobius ID

     

    Habitat

    An arboreal species, favouring Alder but found on a wide range of trees.

    When to see it

    Late April to late June in the south and even later in the north.

    UK Status

    Although of local occurrence this species is widespread and may be common where found, there are records throughout England but the highest density is from across Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 19 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map