Birch Catkin Weevil

Curculio ribidus


Over all length 4 to 6mm. A small brown weevil with a patchy pattern of creamy squares on its elytra. The scutellum is a whitish spot and it has a long curved rostrum.


Birch trees. The larvae develop in the male catkins, where they hibernate, and pupate in the ground.

Status and distribution

Mainly confined to the south and east of England. The first Nottinghamshire records were in 2013. Recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

July to September.