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Weevil -  Polydrusus formosus Even though it is green on green, I found it anyway, getting him standing still for a second is another story. Geotagged,Netherlands,Polydrusus formosus,Polydrusus sericeus,Spring Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Weevil - Polydrusus formosus

Even though it is green on green, I found it anyway, getting him standing still for a second is another story.

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  1. Oh, the merry trials these tiny characters lead us through, right Paul?! Today for me it was dragonflies...add to that a more than healthy dose of stiff coastal breeze and I was all set for a colourful macro session haha. You made a gorgeous find and shot, well done!
    Posted one month ago
    1. Thank you Ruth. Posted one month ago
  2. Lovely! and thanks for the species! I have made pics last year of a very similar one, probably the same species, in a frog pond near my house :-) Posted one month ago
  3. Hi Paul, beautiful shot (as usual!). This is however not a Phyllobius (hence, I have removed that ID), but a Polydrusus (it has the gutter for the antenna at the side of the rostrum).
    Phyllobius and Polydrusus and the like are (mostly) notoriously hard to identify (especially from photo) and may require genitalia or details such as the exact shape of the individual scales on certain parts of the body etc. Frankly, I never even try to identify my own images and just toss them in a collection bin named "PolyPhyllobi" to maybe work through when I'm old and wise (or stupid enough to try).
    That said, due to the colour of the legs and the dark clubs of the antenna, this may very well be Polydrusus formosus (American name: Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil). Previously, that species was called P. sericeus and it may still be found under that name in various keys, such as here:
    http://coleonet.de/coleo/texte/polydrusus.htm#sericeus
    I could ask a specialist to have a look, but I myself can't honestly do better than Polydrusus cf. formosus
    Cheers, Arp

    P.S. To be clear: Never mind the other images on JD identified as Polydrusus or Phyllobius etc. - I haven't looked at those and many will be iffy or plain wrong.
    Posted one month ago, modified one month ago
    1. Thanks a lot for the information Arp, where would we be without you. Posted one month ago
      1. Hi Paul, I've double checked with a different key and also got confirmation in from our national weevil-expert (Theodoor Heijerman), so I've changed the ID to P. formosus now. Cheers, Arp Posted one month ago, modified one month ago
        1. Thanks again Arp. Posted one month ago

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Polydrusus formosus is a species of ''broad-nosed weevils'' belonging to the family Curculionidae, subfamily Entiminae. This beetle is present in most of Europe and in Nearctic ecozone.

They are eaters of young leaves and open blossoms of a wide variety of woodland trees and shrubs, but also fruit trees and hazelnut. They are considered a pest of fruit trees, causing extensive damages to their buds, blossoms and shoots.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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Uploaded Apr 3, 2020. Captured May 24, 2019 18:40 in Kanaal Noord 6, 3961 MZ Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/8.0
  • 1/664s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm