FAQ – Is this like the azolla weevil?

In some way yes, although it was not introduced as part of a natural control programme, as it was in South Africa. The azolla weevil (Stenopelmus rufinasus) was an accidental but fortuitous introduction from North America, that has become ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK. The weevil is now currently being redistributed to control the problematic aquatic weed Azolla filiculoides on ponds and slow-moving rivers. (see www.azollacontrol.com)