Strawberry Blossom Weevil - Anthonomus rubi


    A small grey-black weevil around 2.5 to 3mm long with a tiny pale scutellum.

    Similar Species

    Archarius salicivorus looks very similar but has a more rounded appearance when viewed from above. Compare

    Identification difficulty

    Especially common around strawberry and raspberry crops.

    Life History

    This insect is a particularly problematic pest of strawberry in Europe, in some cases responsible for up to 80% loss of the berry crop. Adults feed on strawberry foliage, and females lay one egg per flower bud; larvae develop inside buds.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 23 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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