True weevils

True weevils 3

The True weevils 3 RES Handbook is the final volume covering the ‘true weevils’. It features illustrated identification keys for the genera and species of the following:

  • Curculioninae (but excluding the tribes Cionini, Smicronychini, Styphlini and the genus Dorytomina of Ellescini)
  • Baridinae
  • Orobatidinae

Species notes cover characters for distinguishing the sexes, biology, larval foodplant and distribution within Britain and Ireland. The author has indicated current ‘Red Data Book’ and ‘Notable’ status where applicable. There are summaries of the biology, life-history, phenology, economic importance, distribution and conservation of the species featured. Also included is a key to the identification of all British weevils.

True weevils ​are a huge group of beetles, many of which are common and widespread. They occur in a wide range of terrestrial and freshwater habitats. Many weevils possess a rostrum, clubbed antennae and a bilobed 3rd tarsomere. Overall there are around 500 species of true weevil in the UK. Although all the species in this volume are phytophagous, none are major pests of field crops. However some are pests of forest, fruit, nut and ornamental trees.

Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects is a series of books produced by the Royal Entomological Society (RES). Each Handbook provides illustrated identification keys to the insects of Britain, together with concise morphological, biological and distributional information. Accordingly all books contain line drawings, and the most recent volumes feature colour photographs. RES Handbooks are suitable for experienced users. The series also includes several Check Lists of British Insects. Field Studies Council has published RES Handbooks for many years. Many out-of-print Handbooks are now available for free download from the RES.

RES Handbook Vol 5 Part 17d