The destructive Vine Weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) is about a centimeter long (see picture) and its root-eating grubs are heartily loathed by gardeners, especially strawberry growers.
But the county beetle recorder, Trevor James, would like to hear from HNHS members who have seen it in Hertfordshire and can specify the locality (place name and grid reference to at least 4-figures, please) the year and, if possible, an actual date.
Trevor is close to completing a Hertfordshire beetle atlas – thought to be the first if its kind mapping a county's Coleoptera – which HNHS expects to publish next year.
In gathering tetrad data for the Vine Weevil he has received plenty of records for Hertford and Ware, as well as a spread across the north of the county, including Hitchin, Letchworth and Baldock (see provisional map). However, the map reveals a surprising shortage of records around much of Welwyn Garden City, St Albans, most of the Bishop's Stortford area and for much of western and southern Hertfordshire. I
Trevor said: "There must be Vine Weevils in greenhouses and gardens throughout many of these areas, so any extra records would be very welcome." Send records to: , or put them on iRecord, the latter with a photo if at all possible.