Phyllobius virideaeris


    Length 4 or 5 mm. A bright metallic green or bluish nettle weevil. Phyllobius virideaeris lacks the femur teeth found on the majority of UK Phyllobius species. 

    Similar Species

    It can be distinguished from the similar P. roboretanus by the gently sloping rear end and also by examining underside.  P. roboretanus only has a thin covering of fine scales, with much of the underlying surface visible. In P. viridiaeris the underside is densely coated with round scales, the same as the upperside. Phyllobius virideaeris  also appears rather later in the year.

    See our ID Guide to Phyllobius weevils.

    Identification difficulty

    May be found in rough grassland and on neighbouring bushes and hedges.

    When to see it

    Best mid May to late July.

    Life History

    The larvae are subterranean, feeding on a range of herbaceous roots.

    UK Status

    A common and widespread weevil occurring throughout England and Wales and with scattered records across southern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 7 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map