Phyllobius (genus)

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Author(s): Richard Bartz
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Phyllobius Germar, 1824

This genus of leaf weevils contains more than 100 species. They are common in Europe but also occur in Asia and North America. Many are polyphagous and several species are regarded as agricultural pests, attacking broadleaved trees and shrubs like fruit and forest trees. The larvae live in the ground and feed on roots. The adults feed on buds and leaves. Mass appearance of certain species has been observed.

The adults of most species are small, with a length of about a centimetre or less. They are typically greenish (weevils from other genera may also be greenish). The colour is caused by a cover of scales. However, the scales can be partly or completely lost with age and the brownish cuticle than appears, either as patches or over the whole boy.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Grünrüssler
• Español: filobio
• Français: phyllobie

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: