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Reddish Vale Country Park

Weevils are mostly quite small beetles in which the front of the head is drawn out to form a beak or rostrum with the jaws at its tip. The antennae are elbowed and normally attached part way along the rostrum.

 

The majority of weevils are vegetarians, their larvae mostly without legs and generally live inside the stems, fruits, or seeds of their food plants.

 

There are nearly 600 British species of weevils and around 60,000 specied worldwide.

 

The weevils on this page are possibly Phyllobius pomaceus.

The scales clothing this weevil may be golden green or bluish green, but they are often lost with age and they may then look largely black. Each front femur bears a strong tooth.

Abundant on stinging nettles, where the larvae feed on the roots.

 

Many species of weevils are a serious pests, the grain or wheat weevil (Sitophilus granarius) damages stored grain.

 

Weevils are often found in dry foods including nuts and seeds, cereal and grain products. In the domestic setting, they are most likely to be observed when a bag of flour is opened. Their presence is often indicated by the granules of the infested item sticking together in strings, as if caught in a cobweb.

 

Weevils

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Reddish Vale Country Park

Weevils