Oak roller weevil

Attelabus nitens

Attelabus nitens (Scopoli, 1763) is a attractively coloured weevil species of Coleoptera polyphagous insects belonging to Attelabidae family. The males measure about 5mm in length, but the females are larger, at around 7-8mm. The single egg is laid near the edge of a leaf, the leaf is cut and rolled up to protect the developing egg.
Attelabus nitens  Attelabidae,Attelabus nitens,Curculionoidea,Oak roller weevil

Appearance

Distinctive reddish brown coloured weevil with a black head. The males measure about 5 mm in length, but the females are larger, at around 7 to 8 mm.
Attelabus nitens - scutellum  Attelabidae,Attelabus nitens,Curculionoidea,Oak roller weevil

Naming

Junior synonym(s):
1. Attelabus curculionoides
2. Attelabus pulvinicollis
3. Curculio nitens
4. Rhinomacer coccineus
Quasimodo The hunchbacked habitus makes it quite hard to get decent images of this species Attelabidae,Attelabus nitens,Curculionoidea,Oak roller weevil

Distribution

Widespread in England and Wales, but not particularly common.
It is a species present in Portuguese territory.


Palearctic
World distribution:
1. Albania
2. Austria
3. Belgium
4. Bosnia and Herzegovina
5. Bulgaria
6. Corse (fr)
7. Croatia
8. Czech Republic
9. France
10. Germany
11. Greece
12. Hungary
13. Italy
14. Lithuania
15. Luxembourg
16. Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of
17. Netherlands
18. Poland
19. Portugal
20. Romania
21. Russian Federation
22. Sardegna (it)
23. Sicilia (it)
24. Slovakia
25. Slovenia
26. Spain
27. Sweden
28. Switzerland
29. Turkey
30. United Kingdom
Attelabus nitens - frontal  Attelabidae,Attelabus nitens,Curculionoidea,Oak roller weevil

Habitat

Often found in woodland on Oak, but also on other trees such as Beech and Birch.
Attelabus nitens Attelabus nitens on Quercus coccifera
~5mm length. One of three shots made, as matter of fact the first. After I slightly touched a leaf and it simply disappeared into the oblivion amidst the fallen leaves. Immediately after I saw at the preview screen how nice it was this weevil. 
Please watch it in FS, HD image.

50mm 1.8 | f/8 | 12mm EXT (didn't have time to go for 42mm... or more) | Non cropped Attelabidae,Attelabus nitens,Oak roller weevil,arthropoda,biodiversity,coleoptera,insecta,insects,spring

Reproduction

The single egg is laid near the edge of a leaf; the leaf is cut and rolled up to protect the developing egg.

Food

1. Alnus
2. Betula
3. Carpinus
4. Castanea
5. Corylus
6. Fagus
7. Quercus
8. Salix

References:

Some text fragments are auto parsed from Wikipedia.

http://www.eakringbirds.com/eakringbirds2/insectinfocusattelabusnitens.htm
http://www.q-bank.eu/Arthropods/BioloMICS.aspx?TableKey=5043406000000027&Rec=49276&Fields=All
http://naturdata.com/Attelabus-nitens-14366.htm
http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/oak-leaf-roller
http://www.forestryimages.org/browse/subinfo.cfm?sub=22167
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderColeoptera
FamilyAttelabidae
GenusAttelabus
SpeciesAttelabus nitens