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Eupholus weevil

Eupholus schoenherri/E. magnificus–complex


Spectacularly coloured weevil of the genus Eupholus which includes some of the most colourful weevils. Species identification based on personal communication with an expert I contacted. The colour may serve as a warning (aposematic coloration) to predators that they are distasteful (as they may feed on leaves which contain chemicals which are toxic to other animals). Eupholus species occur in New Guinea and adjacent islands. ( )


Found on a survey transect located atop a fossil beach strand in equatorial lowland rainforest.


Location pin is general. A total of three individuals of this species were observed in the immediate area (see fuzzy last photo to view the host plant --Selaginella sp.-- of the other two specimens). Interesting links on beetle colouration, including mentions of Eupholus sp., can be found here and here Here is another link of the same or similar species from PNG

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113 Comments (1–25)

The GeoDex
The GeoDex 5 years ago

Haha, he's so blue. I love it.

maplemoth662 6 years ago

A beautiful blue weevil....

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks very much, yunseong1.

yunseong1 8 years ago

Amazing spotting!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks nrvero!

nrvero 9 years ago

What a beauty!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

So true, thanks Hazel

HazelMarley 9 years ago

Nice colors

pamsai 9 years ago

hehehe Scott, you are welcome!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks Pam!

pamsai 9 years ago

Wow Scott, that is a superb weevil. They really fascinate me. Somehow I just love them! And this one had great shoes!

masood montazeri
masood montazeri 9 years ago

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thank you, staccyh!

staccyh 10 years ago

Such a great series, the colour is amazing!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thanks, pamsai!

pamsai 10 years ago

Looks like it has on a knitted vest! beautiful...

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thanks ceejayalyssa

ceejayalyssa 10 years ago

looks like a shrimp. very pretty creature :)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Yes it is, thanks!

jt77bw 10 years ago

Mother Nature is awe inspiring.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thank you Alice!

AliceGreenup 10 years ago

Gorgeous! Stunning colour

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thanks Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Beautiful blue...

Scott Frazier
Spotted by
Scott Frazier

Papua, Indonesia

Spotted on Dec 3, 2011
Submitted on Dec 7, 2011

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