Tiny shiny green weevils not much more than 1/8" long found exclusively on stinging nettles.
Nettles are one of the best places to look for insects, all sorts of things can turn up on them. Nettles may sting us but insects seem immune from the effects. If you look closely at the leaves of the nettles you will sometimes see small whitish flecks which, close up, prove to be shiny green nettle weevils (Phyllobius pomacues) like this one. Not much more than 1/8" long and until they move you might think they are not even insects at all. This particular species is often abundant on nettles and hence its common name.
The green colour comes from tiny scales that easily rub off leaving a black 'shell' underneath. As a result they can be very variable in appearance depending on their age. They are around from April to August and are best viewed with a magnifying glass or hand lens.
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