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____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Beetles 30 Silver-green Leaf Weevils

 

 

A insect on a leaf

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SILVER-GREEN LEAF WEEVILS Phyllobius argentatus

 

A close up of a green leaf

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SILVER-GREEN LEAF WEEVIL Phyllobius argentatus

 

        The rounded scales and red legs are characteristic of the green-scaled Silver-green Leaf Weevil Phyllobius argentatus so hopefully these beetles have been correctly identified as there are eight other members of the same genus and the femoral spines of the forelegs although presumably present cannot be seen in the photographs. With age some of the attractive green scales are likely to be rubbed off. This useful NatureSpot reference table explains the finer points of identification for the Phyllobius species: https://www.naturespot.org.uk/content/id-guide-phyllobius-weevils. These common weevils are often to be found on Birches Betula sp. and other broadleaved trees.

 

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