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Rolled up hazel leaf

Observed: 21st June 2009 By: miked
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Description:

very neatly rolled up hazel leaf forming home for something. Did not look inside as there were only a few of these around and did not want to cause damage to population incase it was rare

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    a leaf-rolling weevil (family Attelabidae or Rhynchitidae)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

a weevil

There are three species of weevil that make leaf-rolls on Hazel, but I don't know how to tell them apart. The commonest is Deporaus betulae. The female weevil constructs the leaf-roll and lays an egg in it, and it forms a shelter for the subsequent larva. They are amazing constructions.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

miked's picture

This site has plenty of

This site has plenty of Apoderus coryli weevils but suppose I notice these more easily as the adults are brightly coloured. I had not realised that they make rolls too.