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nut/acorn weevil

Curculio

Description:

Small brown beetle (less than an inch in length). It has a very long snout. The snout of the female is longer than that of the male.

Habitat:

Habitat: Oak trees, pupates underground (1-2 years) Diet: nuts/fruit

Notes:

One of my students spotted this guy in our building. It was a really cool find! Fun Facts: 1. There are more than 35,000 species in the world (2,500 in North America). 2. Their long snouts are used to drill holes into nuts so that they can feed on the meat of the nut. 3. Females also use their snout to bore a hole into the nut so that she can lay eggs. Once the eggs hatch larvae feed on the meat within the nut and then chew a hole in the shell of the nut to exit. They then burrow underground where they will remain for 1-2 years until they emerge as an adult weevil. Ref: https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/a...

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San Antonio, Texas, USA

Spotted on Oct 4, 2019
Submitted on Oct 20, 2019

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