Leaf-rolling Weevil

I found many of these leaf-rolling weevils (hime-kuro-otoshibumi) today – mainly on young sweet chestnut leaves. The female beetle lays an egg on a leaf and then rolls it up to provide protection and a food source for the grub.

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Coleoptera: Attelabidae
Apoderus erythrogaster
leaf-rolling weevil = hime-kuro-otoshibumi

Location: Near Munakata Common(Google map)

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2 Responses to Leaf-rolling Weevil

  1. cyndi says:

    wow! that is really cool. you have such great instincts for finding the most interesting insects. what’s your secret?

  2. Nigel says:

    No secret, just many many hours wandering around in the fields and forests! On the day I took these photos, I spent more than 10 hours beetle hunting!

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