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Weevil

Observed: 12th December 2009 By: miked
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 MG 5723s
 MG 5716
 MG 5723
 MG 5724
Description:

Bit of a tricky one as the book says this should be seen up till August and that its from wet places but found it running around in the boot of my car today. could it have been in there since the summer's fieldwork where i am often in wet meadows?

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Species interactions

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Comments

Rob Coleman's picture

I think this would be the

I think this would be the most likely species but their are other, similar members of the same genus. In my experience, they can be found in quite a few grassland situations,(I think they feed on Rume spp.), and would probably overwinter too.

Rob Coleman

dshubble's picture

Apion

There are five 'red' Apion species in Britain and I agree with Rob that this is the most likely species - would need to see the sides & underside of the head to be certain. They hibernate, so they can be found this time of year but aren't active.

miked's picture

underside of the head as

underside of the head as requested, did you want side of body too? it is a little frisky so takes loads of attempts to get underside before it flips itself over.

dshubble's picture

weevil

Cheers for the splendid photos! I'll have a go at this later in the week (off to a conference for a couple of days) - I've never tried keying out to this level of detail via photos before... I'll try with what's there unless you can tame the beastie and take side shots before then.

cp345's picture

weevil wonder

couldn't go past your photos without saying they're great - who would have thought a weevil could look so spectacular!

dshubble's picture

It's frumentarium!

The puncturing on the underside of the head, and the shape of the head itself, indicate that it is A. frumentarium after all. Good call and shows the importance of clear images of key features.