Vine Weevil - Otiorhynchus sulcatus


Length Adults about 10 mm. Elytra black mottled with small brown patches, grooved, not shiny. Antennae relatively long. Pronotum pebbly in texture.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats including parks, gardens and conifer nursery beds. They may even be seen trying to access buildings in colder months.

When to see it

Peak is summer and autumn with new adults emerging in summer.

Life History

Half-grown larvae overwinter in the soil. The larvae are legless, white to pinkish in colour, and have brown heads. Both the adult and larval stages are damaging to seedlings. The adult weevils live above ground feeding on cotyledons and on the bark of seedlings at night. Root weevil larvae are subterranean, feeding on the roots of many kinds of plants including conifer seedlings in nursery beds.

UK Status

Common throughout Britain

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 48 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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