Hadromeropsis scintillans (Champion)
Broad-nosed weevil of approximately 7 mm in length. Covered in green and gold metallic scales that fall off when handled too roughly and as the beetle ages. Strongly developed front femora. Family Curculionidae, Subfamily Entiminae. This weevil was recently spotted again, the last 5 pictures are from 14 June 2013 in the same field. Many weevils can't or don't fly readily, this one can fly very well (last picture). I can't really see from where I find him, why he has such enlarged front femora. It doesn't seem to require such enormous musculature in the front legs.
Semi-urban area with fields on outskirt of San Cristobal de Las Casas, 2,200 meters.
Found on the upper leaf of a bush, close to the stem. Falls and plays dead when molested. Howden Anne. T. 1982. Revision of the New World genus Hadromeropsis Pierce (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Tanymecini). Contributions of the American Entomological Institute. vol. 19 (6) i–iii, 1–180.
Lat: 16.74, Long: -92.64
Spotted on Jul 22, 2011
Submitted on Aug 30, 2012
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