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Sunday, June 10, 2007

PEA WEEVIL AND COMMON VETCH

My 6 foot square meadow is REALLY coming on now - a mass of grasses and flowers and full of wee beasties which I try to photograph and find out about if I can.
This is a Common Vetch (NOT Wild Sweet Pea!!) growing nicely in the meadow. With a couple of ants exploring it.

These are the leaves of the Vetch, with little semi-cirular holes trimmed in the leaves...


And THIS is the culprit - a tiny lttle PEA WEEVIL, (of which I saw 2). These little 4mm Weevils, easy to recognise by their grey and buff stripes, small size, very small (for Weevils) rostrum and 'quick legs', are common in grassy places, and nibble these holes in Peas, Clovers and Legumes. The larvae exist underground and feed on the root-nodules of these plants.

Isn't it amazing how everything has its niche in nature?!

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