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Botany Bay Diamond Weevil

Chrysolopus spectabilis


This beautiful beetle is black with green dots and patterns. It's just over 2cm in length & has a distinct snout which it uses to chew holes in plants for food and to make egg chambers. When disturbed it may play dead.


Heathlands, woodlands, dry sclerophyll forests and urban areas of Eastern mainland Australia. They mainly feed on Wattle trees (Acacia sp.)


This beetle is very special , being the first insect to be formally described on Captain Cooks maiden voyage to Australia.

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LeanneGardner 4 years ago

Thanks very much Ashley!

AshleyT 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Nov 27, 2015
Submitted on Dec 10, 2015

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