Eupholus schoenherri/E. magnificus–complex
Spectacularly coloured weevil of the genus Eupholus which includes some of the most colourful weevils. Species identification based on personal communication with an expert I contacted. The colour may serve as a warning (aposematic coloration) to predators that they are distasteful (as they may feed on leaves which contain chemicals which are toxic to other animals). Eupholus species occur in New Guinea and adjacent islands. (http://www.papua-insects.nl/insect%20ord... )
Found on a survey transect located atop a fossil beach strand in equatorial lowland rainforest.
Location pin is general. A total of three individuals of this species were observed in the immediate area (see fuzzy last photo to view the host plant --Selaginella sp.-- of the other two specimens). Interesting links on beetle colouration, including mentions of Eupholus sp., can be found here http://www.coleop-terra.com/living-jewel... and here http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/c... Here is another link of the same or similar species from PNG http://timlaman.photoshelter.com/gallery...
Lat: -1.83, Long: 138.70
Spotted on Dec 3, 2011
Submitted on Dec 7, 2011
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