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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

DavidHowdon's picture

Thanks Charlie

What are the features that indicate it is this species?

charlieb's picture

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.