Green Nettle Weevil

Phyllobius pomaceus


Over all length 7 - 10mm. These are black beetles with a covering of tiny hair-like scales that make them look green (females) or a blue/green (males). Over time the scales can rub off, when the weevil appears black. The front femora have a distinctive, forward-pointing tooth.


Most often found on nettles, which are the food plants of the adults. The larvae feed on various herbaceous plants, including Meadowsweet.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in the South East, East Anglia, the Midlands and east Wales. Less common further north and in the West Country, rare in Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and often abundant at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to June.