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Eupholus weevil

Eupholus schoenherri–E. magnificus - complex

Description:

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... >

Habitat:

Spotted on spikemoss (Selaginella sp.) along a survey transect in secondary coastal lowland mixed freshwater swamp forest/sago swamp forest.

Notes:

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!

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11 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thank you

Francisco Araujo
Francisco Araujo 9 years ago

I love blue Bettles frazier

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks Gerardo & Nuwan!

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

beautiful colors for a weevil !!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wow incredible colors what a wonderful spot!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks very much, Yes yours is very cool too! The color on "mine" is even more pronounced in the earlier spotting (link in description :-)

allencraig
allencraig 9 years ago

It's amazing the brilliance of the color in their legs! I photographed a very different one in Colombia (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/115...) that also had amazingly colored legs, although yours are more brilliant. (Not to downplay the amazing color of the the body.
Great find!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks very much António. Thrilling to see it again!

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 9 years ago

great again S Frazier,blue insects are completly gorgeous,congrats it's a great finding

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks Mayra!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Wow!!! Wonderful!!!

Scott Frazier
Spotted by
Scott Frazier

Papua, Indonesia

Spotted on Jun 14, 2012
Submitted on Jun 21, 2012

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