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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Common leaf weevil

Phyllobius pyri – (family Curculionidae)

The weevil family is one of the largest in the animal kingdom, with a huge number of species (there are more species of weevils in the UK than birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians combined). All weevils have a snout (known as a ‘rostrum') bearing their mouthparts. However, in some species such as this common leaf weevil – seen here with wing-cases open and wings spread ready for flight – the rostrum is rather short and stout.

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Buzzing bumblebees

Bumblebees can do 'buzz' pollination, wing muscles vibrate their bodies to extract and transfer flower pollen. 

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