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Fungus Weevil

Unidentified Anthribidae

Description:

The marking and colours of this little Weevil are extremely detailed. In my searches (for identification), I came across a picture of Euperius marmoreus in the inaturalist website and thought I had found it, but I had not. Momentarily, my enthusiasm for the word "marmoreus" was influencing my judgement. The insect was close, but not close enough. I found an exact image (in Nicky Bay's photos) and had no doubts because every minute detail was correct. The only little problem was that she doesn't know its ID any more than I do. It was labelled Anthribidae and had a reference number. So no help there.

Habitat:

My wife spotted this one in our backyard and brought it to my attention. According to Wikipedia " Most anthribids feed upon fungi or decaying plant matter" and that makes our backyard the perfect habitat at this time of year. As the typhoon season approaches, we tidy up as much as possible to reduce the danger of trees being blown down etc. So there are piles of branches which have been trimmed, and complete banana plants (the older ones) have been cut down...you get the picture. So there is a lot of rotting material around. This is not as bad as it sounds. Here, in the tropics things mulch down pretty quickly and become useful as natural fertilizers. The heavier branches lie around until anyone who needs firewood collects them. In the meantime, all manner of interesting fungi grow on them. So, all in all, I would say the habitat is just about right for fungus eating weevils.

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John B.
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John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 8, 2022
Submitted on Jul 8, 2022

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