Willow Gall Weevil - Archarius salicivorus

Alternative names
Curculio salicivorus
Description

Length: head and body (not the curved snout) 2.5 mm. A black weevil with tapered body, long snout with antennae midway along, black rostrum and antennae. Also known as Curculio salicivorus.

Similar Species

Anthonomus rubi (Strawberry Blossom Weevil) looks very similar but is less rounded when viewed from above. Compare

Identification difficulty
Habitat

On Willow.

When to see it

Spring and summer.

Life History

Lays eggs in sawfly galls on Willow where the young weevils predate the larvae of the gall causer.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 34 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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MAP KEY:

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

UK Map