larva of Attelabus nitens rolls leaf of Quercus
Other: major host/prey
Foodplant / roller
larva of Attelabus nitens rolls leaf of Castanea sativa
Animal / parasite
larva of Rhynchites sericeus parasitises brood of Attelabus nitens
Evolution and Systematics
Female red oak roller weevils create packages to hold their eggs by cutting and rolling oak leaves into tubes.
"A weevil, the red oak roller, uses a leaf as a container for its young. It cuts the leaf transversely across the middle to the central rib, working first from one side then the other. It folds together the two quarters nearer the tip over the midrib and then rolls them into a double thickness tube. In that it lays its eggs." (Attenborough 1995:156)
Learn more about this functional adaptation.
- Attenborough, D. 1995. The Private Life of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behavior. London: BBC Books. 320 p.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Attelabus nitens
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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