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Mating weevils

Observed: 11th June 2013 By: DavidHowdon
Amateur Entomologists' SocietyLondon Natural History SocietySelborne Society
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Description:

On a nettle leave. Boundary of a farm field (Oil Seed Rape) and a broadleaved woodland.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Phyllobius (Metaphyllobius) pomaceus interacts

Comments

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Thanks Charlie

What are the features that indicate it is this species?

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Phyllobius

More general 'jizz' than anything else ... but

  • the antennal insertion point is visible from above which separates it from Polydrusus, the other genus of green weevils.
  • the femora have large teeth
  • the scales look linear (can't really be appreciated on these photos)
  • legs look quite long and 'gangly'
  • elytra not patterned
  • black legs
  • on Urtica diocia
DavidHowdon's picture

Thanks

Just to note that the ones I photographed were on Urtica diocia as you say but there were several of these (or at least things that looked very similar) on other plants as well.

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David Howdon