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 Post subject: Insect: Snouted Weevil
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:56 pm 
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Hey Guys/Girls...

Saved this little one from road at Walter Sisulu botanical gardens, very weird insect:

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Anyone have an ID on this... :huh:
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Thomas


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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID please...
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:36 pm 
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its one of the gazillion species of Weevil. Not the weevils that people scream about in their flour.... but true weevils.
real cute duffers who love to "play dead" when disturbed, but give themselves away when they feel a stick or finger near their legs at which point they "play dead, but hanging on with everything"


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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID please...
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Thanks, Helps to know now that it was in fact also a Weevil. I googled a bit and came across a Weevil with similar body, but head was different and shorter.


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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID please...
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:58 pm 
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if you look in wikipedia it gives some info. there are roughly 60 000 species so they sure will come in all shapes and sizes. i have seen some pretty big ones. also so small ones that you can barely ID them as weevils.
enjoy!


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Yip, a snouted weevil.

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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID please...
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:38 pm 
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Weevils are such interesting insects! but almost impossible to pin them for insect collections :lol: you need to hammer the pin in!

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