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Hypera sp.

Hypera sp.

Notes:

Hypera postica - Alfalfa Weevil (?)

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17 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 2 years ago

Two, beautiful photos....a beautiful weevil and it's beautiful cocoon....

Thank you, Daniele, for the SOTD!! I was happy I came across this one :) I've never seen it before.
Thank you, Kostas, Felix, António, Christine, Sarah, Polilla, Hema!!

KostasZontanos
KostasZontanos 3 years ago

Congratulations for the well deserved SOTD, Irena.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Congrats! Well deserved, Irena.

Great spotting Irena,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Awesome spotting, congratulations!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Irena, this great find is our Spotting of the Day!

"Does it look like a delicate mesh with a green heart inside? This weevil cocoon (Hypera sp.) is our Spotting of the Day! The protective web is made by the weevil's larva, which will pupate inside it. It helps protecting against predators and parasitoids".

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SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 3 years ago

It really makes you think that a spider created the AWESOME webbing on the cocoon!!
I am HAPPY you figured it out, Irena!! :)

It took me a while to realize it belongs to beetles :)

Hema
Hema 3 years ago

This lovely green pupa transforms into a totally non green weevil!
https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Hyp...

I updated it to Hypera sp., just in case...because I'm not 100% sure it's Hypera postica.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 3 years ago

Your links look like your spotting too!!
I would say ALFALFA WEEVIL IT IS!!
:)

Hm..this too looks similar. Thanks for the link! I found similar cocoons here http://slideplayer.com/slide/6025975/, https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/fieldc..., http://www.alfalfaipm.ento.vt.edu/Alf_We... ... so I thought it might be Alfalfa Weevil. But it's true, I didn' t check other species of genus Hypera.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 3 years ago

I looked up the Alfalfa Weevil pupa in a cocoon & I think you are RIGHT!!
Here is a link to what I believe best closely resembles your photo!!

http://swellbugs.blogspot.com/2011/04/hy...

Yes, I've never seen this before. I wonder what species does that.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 3 years ago

WOW!! What an intricately woven sac!!

Hema
Hema 3 years ago

beautiful!

Slovenia

Spotted on May 13, 2017
Submitted on May 13, 2017

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