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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

This website is for the people of Dorset interested in wildlife and for people from elsewhere interested in the wildlife of Dorset!

07 June, 2011

Green Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomacues)

Nettles are one of the best places to look for insects, all sorts of things can turn up on them. They sting us but insects seem immune from the effects.

If you look closely you will some times see small, shiny green weevils like this one, no more than 1/4" long. Until they move you might think they are not even insects at all. This particular species is often abundant on nettles and hence its common name.

The green colour comes from tiny scales that easily rub off leaving a black 'shell' underneath. As a result they can be very variable in appearance depending on their age.

Around from April to September but best viewed with a magnifying glass or hand lens.