Bug’s Life

Our guide to Bri­tish in­ver­te­brates

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

Hazelnut wee­vil

(Cur­culio nu­cum) a quar­ter of an inch long

This very odd look­ing in­sect, which is the colour of a ripe hazelnut and has a long thin nose with an­tenna at the end. It lives ex­clu­sively on hazel and is re­spon­si­ble for ru­in­ing crops, as the fe­male lays an egg into a de­vel­op­ing nut and the re­sult­ing lar­vae eat it, ex­it­ing through a neat round hole. Si­mon Lester

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