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leaf-rolling weevil

fam. Attelabidae


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


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


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.

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stho002 7 years ago
Leaf-rolling weevil

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staccyh 7 years ago

Great photo Tiz! I love the first pic :)

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 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 7 years ago

Maybe you have something similar to this one? Maybe yours is unknown.

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 7 years ago

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

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 7 years ago

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

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

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