Polydrusus formosus


    Length 5 to 6 mm. A bright metallic green weevil with round scales, a dark club to the pale antennae and a short groove between the eyes. It does not have any setae (bristles). It has conspicuous striae on the elytra. The scales can wear off to reveal the dark body beneath.

    Identification difficulty

    Found on various broadleaved trees and bushes.

    When to see it

    April to August.

    Life History

    Adults of this beetle lay their eggs in the bark or leaves of the host-plants. The soil inhabiting larvae grow up to 7 millimetres long feeding on juicy plant roots. In Autumn their development is complete. They overwinter and pupate in Spring.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England but previously very scarce, it is now undergoing an increase in numbers.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 3 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map