Betulapion simile (Kirby, 1811)

Female
A widely distributed although somewhat local species found on species of Birch (Betula) in woods and heaths etc.
Small (1.8-2.4mm) and black sometimes with a brassy sheen. Body sparsely clothed with distinct white setae, distinguishable by the conspicuous fringe of white setae under the eye.
Male with a shorter rostrum and a tooth and the apex on the mid and hind tibiae (not fore tibiae), a feature unique in british apionidae. Rostrum longer in the female and mid and hind tibiae unarmed.

Male

Setae under eye

Tibia apical tooth in male

Female

Male

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