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Eupholus schoenherri–E. magnificus - complex
Another of these spectacularly coloured weevils of the genus Eupholus. The ID is based on the expert opinion which was used to name the previous spotting < http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/797... > 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... >
Spotted on spikemoss (Selaginella sp.) along a survey transect in secondary coastal lowland mixed freshwater swamp forest/sago swamp forest.
Location pin is general. I went back to the same area where I had seen this species in December 2011 with finding this incredible, or similar weevil, in mind. Although I did succeed, there were noticeably fewer around. (I saw only 2 in two days). I don't know if seasonality affects (apparent) population. The two I found were not sitting still either, like my previous subject!