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Green Leaf Weevil Found this guy crawling on my leg after resting from a bike ride and so I immediately set the beautiful beetle on a leaf and captured his awesomeness. I do need ID help (Wildflower?) My initial guess is a Green Leaf Weevil however after some brief research I am still unsure. Geotagged,Nettle Weevil,Phyllobius pomaceus,Spring,United Kingdom,bug,insect,macro,nature,wildlife Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Green Leaf Weevil

Found this guy crawling on my leg after resting from a bike ride and so I immediately set the beautiful beetle on a leaf and captured his awesomeness. I do need ID help (Wildflower?) My initial guess is a Green Leaf Weevil however after some brief research I am still unsure.

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  1. I'll wait some time before the species becomes clear. Meanwhile, a great shot. I know how tiny they are and you truly nailed the focus here. Posted 7 years ago
    1. Thanks! It truly was an accomplishment especially with a breeze. Posted 7 years ago
  2. Love the composition! Great job! Posted 7 years ago
    1. Thanks Stephen! Posted 7 years ago
  3. There are two genera which contain similar species - Phyllobius and Polydrusus. Here it is explained how to discriminate between them.
    http://www.eakringbirds.com/eakringbirds6/insectsphyllobiusweevils.htm
    http://www.naturespot.org.uk/taxonomy/term/19370
    http://www.naturespot.org.uk/content/id-guide-phyllobius-weevils

    Identifying it from this photo alone would be difficult. Any other photo showing a different side (top, front) might help.
    Posted 7 years ago
    1. I can't figure whether it is Pyllobius maculicornis or Phyllobius pomaceus. How do I post another picture onto the comment section? I think this one has fine hairs which is an identifier between the two in that third link you gave. Posted 7 years ago, modified 7 years ago
      1. You have to upload the photo and paste the address.
        Are you sure it is a Pyllobius? Did you check if the antennal insertion on the head is as shown on the first link?
        Posted 7 years ago
        1. http://www.jungledragon.com/image/30181

          Phyllobius? I think it is.
          Posted 7 years ago
          1. Maybe it is, but which one? Sorry, I'm on holiday and I didn't have internet for 2 days. I don't have much time to compare them now. Posted 7 years ago

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Length 9 mm. This beetle has a metallic bluish-green covering of scales. However the scales easily rub off and older specimens can look almost black. The front femur has a prominent tooth and the scales are oval. Most commonly found on Nettles, from April to late June.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded May 17, 2015. Captured May 17, 2015 12:41 in 62A High Street, Esher, Surrey KT10 9RG, UK.
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • f/4.5
  • 1/1328s
  • ISO1600
  • 100mm