Black vine-weevil

( Latin: Otiorrhynchus sulcatus)

This is one of the larger weevils. It moves around in a characteristic slow manner, and like all weevils it is vegetarian. The larvae live in the soil and feed on the underground parts of plants.

The adults avoid the light and hide themselves during the day, often in the surface soil at the base of a plant, but they emerge at night to feed. They attack many different kinds of plant and may cause considerable damage to fruit trees and bushes.

These beetles are sometimes brought indoors, usually with pot plants. If only a few are seen there is no need for concern. They cannot damage textiles or timber, nor do they bite or sting humans.