Polydrusus cervinus

Description

Polydrusus weevils are very similar to the Phyllobius group, but the main difference between the two is that the antennal insertions are on the side of the rostrum and not visible from above. Polydrusus cervinus is a rather pale golden green weevil when fresh but appears blacker as scales become detached.

Similar Species

The tooth on the front femur helps to distinguish P. cervinus from some other species in the genus. P. pilosus is very similar but much scarcer and usually found in north.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

In the branches of various trees.

When to see it

Mainly spring to autumn.

Life History

Adults feed on the leaves of various trees whilst the food plant for the larvae is Cock’s-foot Grass.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 32 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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

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