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Chlorophanus viridis (L., 1758)
Chlorophanus viridis
The 8 to 11 mm large weevil Chlorophanus viridis (family Curculionidae) is the most common of the three species of the genus in Germany and can be easily recognized by the conspicuous, fluorescent yellow stripes at the sides of the elytra. It is known to occur in Europe with the exception of the British Isles and Scandinavia. The polyphagous beetles live on various deciduous trees, among others on willow, poplar, alder and hazel. They can be found in fresh to wet deciduous forests, mostly near creeks and in river meadows. The ectophagous larvae develop in the soil and feed on the roots of the host trees. The adult larvae hibernate and pupate in spring. The beetles hatch in May. In Germany, the species is not endangered, but has become rarer over the recent years for unknown reasons. (CB)

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