The Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil (Polydrusus sericeus and Polydrusus formosus) is a small insect in the Curculionidae family of broad-nosed weevils.
The Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil has brilliant, iridescent, metallic, light-green scales. Underneath the scales, is a black body, which will show if the scales drop off. It has a down-curved snout (nose) that can get into flowers and plants. It has bent, clubbed-shaped antennae. It has a head with large eyes, a thorax with six legs, and an oval-shaped abdomen with ridged lines from thorax to tail.
It measures less than a centimetre (a quarter of an inch) in length. The female is usually larger than the male.
It is native to most of Europe. It is usually seen from late spring to early summer, from April to August in the Northern Hemisphere.
It is herbivorous, feeding on leaves. It uses its jaws to eat leaves.
The female lays her eggs on leaves or in the bark of trees. The life cycle is egg, larva (grub), pupa, and adult beetle. The larva feeds on plant juice.
Location of photographs: Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM