Orchestes fagi (Linnaeus, 1758)
A small weevil, measuring little more than 3.0mm in length. Orchestes fagi is found on Beech, where it is most easily recorded by the leaf mine made by the larva. Adults can be beaten from adjacent foliage and especialy evergreen shrubs over the Winter months. Like many other species, Orchestes fagi has the ability to jump to escape predation. Seemingly not common in Nottinghamshire, but doubtless under-recorded to some degree.
Occupied leaf mine on Beech (Fagus sylvatica) Sherwood Forest May 2018
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Orchestes fagi
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. NBGRC. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Adrian Fowles (Nottinghamshire data extracted from the National Recording Scheme for Coleoptera: Curculionoidea). Clumber Park SSSI Saproxylic Invertebrate Survey - A report to Natural England by EMEC Ecology 2019.

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Updated January 2022

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