Species of the Month March 2019

 

Gorse Weevil (Exapion ulicis)

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Despite its diminutive size (2-3mm), the Gorse Weevil is relatively straight forward to identify. It can be found on Gorse throughout Wales, and has grey scales, a long rostrum ("nose") and brown legs. The small size makes it hard to spot, but the species can easily be found by beating.

To find the species, place a white surface such as a beating tray, umbrella or sheet underneath a gorse branch, and lightly beat the bush at least 2 or 3 times. Check through the resulting litter for these very small weevils. If you are lucky you may also find some other interesting species such as Gorse Shieldbug.

We have only 66 records of Gorse Weevil at SEWBReC, though the species is likely to be present on almost all Gorse bushes. You can view the known Welsh distribution of Gorse Weevil here on Aderyn. More information can be found on NatureSpot and UK Beetles.

If you spot Gorse Weevil during March (or at any other time of year), please send us the record, ideally via our Species of the Month form on SEWBReCORD (nb. you will need to be signed into SEWBReCORD to use this link). Instructions on how to submit records are available here.