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Mini Leaf Litter Weevil

Description:

This is the tiniest weevil I've seen yet, at only 2 mm, not even discernible as a weevil without magnification. It is black-brown and covered in kinky little hairs arranged in rows down the elytra (best seen in the third picture). The antennae and tarsi are orange-brown. It plays dead for long periods. Family Curculionidae, subfamily Cryptorhynchinae (Hidden Snout Weevils), subtribe Tylodina. Boris Büche writes "These are Acalles (genus) type weevils which are typical litter weevils, flightless and with cryptic colouration. The larvae develop in twigs and small branches in the forest litter."

Habitat:

On a rock wall, semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico 2,200 meters.

Notes:

Thank you to Boris Büche in Germany for the identification. See: http://dmitriev.speciesfile.org/taxahelp... http://www.thewcg.org.uk/Curculionidae/0... https://bugguide.net/node/view/813252 https://bugguide.net/node/view/472242


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LaurenZarate
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LaurenZarate

San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico

Lat: 16.71, Long: -92.61

Spotted on Jun 20, 2019
Submitted on Jun 25, 2019

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