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Eupholus weevil

Eupholus schoenherri/E. magnificus–complex

Description:

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... )

Habitat:

Found on a survey transect located atop a fossil beach strand in equatorial lowland rainforest.

Notes:

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...

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121 Comments (1–25)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 2 years ago

Thanks very much, yunseong1.

yunseong1
yunseong1 2 years ago

Amazing spotting!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 3 years ago

Thanks nrvero!

nrvero
nrvero 3 years ago

What a beauty!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 3 years ago

So true, thanks Hazel

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 3 years ago

Nice colors

pamsai
pamsai 3 years ago

hehehe Scott, you are welcome!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 3 years ago

Thanks Pam!

pamsai
pamsai 3 years ago

Wow Scott, that is a superb weevil. They really fascinate me. Somehow I just love them! And this one had great shoes!

masood montazeri
masood montazeri 3 years ago

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 4 years ago

Thank you, staccyh!

staccyh
staccyh 4 years ago

Such a great series, the colour is amazing!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 4 years ago

Thanks, pamsai!

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

Looks like it has on a knitted vest! beautiful...

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 4 years ago

Thanks ceejayalyssa

ceejayalyssa
ceejayalyssa 4 years ago

looks like a shrimp. very pretty creature :)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 4 years ago

Yes it is, thanks!

jt77bw
jt77bw 4 years ago

Mother Nature is awe inspiring.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 4 years ago

Thank you Alice!

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 4 years ago

Gorgeous! Stunning colour

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 4 years ago

Thanks Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 4 years ago

Beautiful blue...

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 4 years ago

Thank you!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 4 years ago

Grazie!

Papua, Indonesia

Lat: -1.83, Long: 138.70

Spotted on Dec 3, 2011
Submitted on Dec 7, 2011

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