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WEST NORFOLK: An unexpected weevil

Early August 2019

During a visit to a friend who lives on the edge of the Sandringham estate I found myself inspecting a Great Mullein plant that was growing in an area of wildflowers. I noticed some Cionus weevils, and initially expected them to be one of the species that I see at Whitlingham (Mullein and Figwort share a suite of related species feeding on them). Closer inspection showed that it wasn't, and in fact it turned out to be a fairly scarce species, Cionus longicollis, that I'd never seen before.

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