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leaf-rolling weevil

fam. Attelabidae

Description:

Fierce looking, 6-8 mm sized beetle with thorns on the back.

Habitat:

It was found in a semi-urban area (airstrip) with a lot of meter high grass and bushes.

Notes:

The subfamily Attelabinae are the true leaf rollers. The female cuts slits into leaves to deposit her eggs, and rolls that part of the leaf in which the larvae will feed.

1 Species ID Suggestions

stho002
stho002 7 years ago
Leaf-rolling weevil
Attelabidae


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8 Comments

staccyh
staccyh 7 years ago

Great photo Tiz! I love the first pic :)

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

I am so happy for your skills Mr S. I just love that my "unknowns" gets a family! I like structure and I like to do the research around my observations, and you make it possible! Very much appreciated!!!

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Lauren, I go for weird weevil :D I like the link to "Spiny giraffe weevils and host plant" and the "Hoplapoderus hystrix".I just wish I knew that this buddy were a bit special, then I would have taken pictures of the host plant as well... Lesson learned...

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Maybe you have something similar to this one? Maybe yours is unknown.
http://orionmystery.blogspot.mx/2011/03/....

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

It is really beautiful! and much smaller than I expected. I still think it might be a weevil because of the antennae, but if so, a weird one.

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

There Lauren, I have added the second photo. Unf. that is all I have :/

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

I have one more picture Lauren, but it got stuck when I tried to upload it. I have a very weak signal on my dongel atm, but tomorrow afternoon I will be back in Maputo with my reliable internet connection. I think I have to wait until then :(

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Very nice! It looks like a broad nosed weevil. Would you happen to have a dorsal picture of the whole beetle?

Tiz
Spotted by
Tiz

Mozambique

Spotted on Aug 17, 2013
Submitted on Aug 19, 2013

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