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Weevils Mating

weevils mating 153Weevils are a type of herbivorous beetle which belong to the family Curculionidae. There are more species in this family than in any other beetle group – over 1,000 species in North America alone. Most weevils are small (3mm-10mm in length) and are usually dark-colored. Their most distinctive feature is the shape of their elongated head which forms a snout with their mouth at the tip.

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5 responses

  1. Kathie Fiveash

    So many small lives around us! What a beautiful picture.

    August 10, 2015 at 9:37 am

  2. Al Stoops

    Weevils are cool. As you wrote, there are more species of weevils (aka “snout-nose beetles”) than of any other group of beetles, but you should also mention that there are more species of beetles than any other group of insects, and more species of insects than any other species of animal. Some time ago I was looking at my Peterson Field Guide to Beetles, and noticed that it gave the approx number of species of each group (family, I think) worldwide, as well as in the area covered by the guide (North America, I think. I’m not home now, so I can’t check). I noticed that, although weevils are the largest worldwide family, a different family has the record for number of species on this continent—I’m pretty sure it was the rove beetles (which don’t even look much like beetles, and probably are unfamiliar to many of your readers). Look forward to your posting about them!

    August 11, 2015 at 2:22 am

    • Thanks, Al. If I get a photograph of a rove beetle, I’ll definitely write about it!

      August 11, 2015 at 9:02 am

      • Al Stoops

        There is a story that the British Biologist JBS Haldane was once asked what could be determined about the creator from the study of creation. His reply was that the creator must have had an inordinate fondness for beetles….

        August 11, 2015 at 3:09 pm

  3. Love it!

    August 11, 2015 at 5:07 pm

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