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Subject: Night invasion of beetles
Location: maui, Hawaii
November 13, 2014 10:50 pm
Aloha from Maui,
We’ve had intermittent rain this year and each time we get invaded by these peculiar beetles within a week. They are attracted to light and will make their way through our screens. Turning on the light outside reveals dozens on the screen. We haven’t been bit by them that we know. They are annoying and will land on us while watching TV.
I searched the internet and the closest identification might be “Triatomine nymphal instal” but I can’t be certain as the shape doesn’t seem exact.
They have 6 legs and can fly.
Any ideas?
With aloha,
Michelle
Signature: Michelle in Maui

Weevil

Weevil

Dear Michelle,
This is not a Blood Sucking Conenose Bug, also known as a Kissing Bug in the genus
Triatoma, that you can read about on the Kiss of Death page, but rather a Weevil, a member of the family Curculionidae, that is well represented on BugGuide.  You do not need to worry about getting bitten by a Weevil.  Many Weevils are agricultural pests and they can proliferate in areas where their food plant is commercially grown.

Weevil

Weevil

Aloha Daniel,
What a relief! I didn’t think they were Blood-Sucking Conenose bugs but they do look a little like it. Being that they haven’t bitten us I had my doubts.
Funny that a common weevil inundates us each year after rains. Last night it was breezy with rain and we had minimal invasion. Perhaps they can’t fly in the rain?
Either way, thank you so much for the identification and the link to Bug Guide. It was a very interesting read!
With aloha,
Michelle

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Subject: Unidentified bug
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
November 5, 2014 9:03 pm
Can you identify this bug? I spotted it on the wall and I seated it with my hat. I thought it was dead until I picked it up to throw it outside.
Signature: Chris DiLullo

Diaprepes Root Weevil

Diaprepes Root Weevil

Hi Chris,
This is a Diaprepes Root Weevil,
Diaprepes abbreviatus.  It is an introduced species from the Caribbean and according to BugGuide:  “Major pest of citrus crops: larvae often girdle the taproot, which may kill the plant and provide an avenue for Phythophora infections. A single larva can kill young hosts while several larvae can cause serious decline of older, established hosts.  Pest of sugarcane in the Caribbean(2); earliest record in our area: FL 1964.” 

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Subject: bug
Location: East Gippsland Australia
October 23, 2014 12:44 am
Gday, sorry to bug you man. Cool bug, spring time, coastal dunes, banksia closest trees.
Signature: Aaron

Wattle Pig Weevil, we believe

Wattle Pig Weevil, we believe

Dear Aaron,
This is a Broad Nosed Weevil, and we believe we have identified it as a Wattle Pig Weevil in the genus
Leptopius thanks to the Brisbane Insect Website.  You can also find images on Project Noah.

Probably Wattle Pig Weevil

Probably Wattle Pig Weevil

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Subject: Biking Bug
Location: Tallahassee, FL
October 20, 2014 1:12 pm
Dear Bugman,
I found this bug sitting on my bike, right beside the back wheel. I had turned the bike over a few times to secure the chain on the wheel, without seeing this little guy fall off. I even tried to slightly move him over with a leaf, but this guy would NOT budge!
I continued to ride, downhill, and uphill until I reached my destination. When I locked up the bike, he (or she) had moved, but was still attached to my bicycle.
This bug had black and yellow patterns. It looks like a beetle, but I’m not entirely sure. It has a “bigger” antenna, as well as legs and feet that tend to stick and hold on to wherever they are.
Signature: Biking with a Bug

Diaprepes Root Weevil

Diaprepes Root Weevil

Dear Biking with a Bug,
This looks like a Diaprepes Root Weevil, and according to Featured Creatures: “It was first reported in Florida in 1964 from a nursery near Apopka. It was presumably introduced in an ornamental plant shipment from Puerto Rico. Since 1964, Diaprepes abbreviatus has spread over a large area of central and southern Florida where it is damaging to citrus, ornamental plants, and some other crops.”

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Subject: What kind of beetle is this?
Location:  Marmaris, Turkey
September 20, 2014 3:59 pm
Hi, I am on holiday in Marmaris, Turkey and woke up to find quite a large beetle on my balcony. I took many photos and was just curious to learn what type it was. I have scoured the web and can’t seem to find it anywhere. Any help?
Signature: Joshua

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Yeah because your website has no email or any way of attaching photos I shall send them to you now. I was just waiting for your reply so I could do so. Thanks!  I was particularly interested to find out what if those were eggs it was carrying?

Red Palm Weevil

Red Palm Weevil

Dear Joshua,
You can send identification request with images by using our Ask What’s That Bug? link on our site.  This is a Red Palm Weevil,
Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, a species that is doing significant damage to cultivated palm trees throughout the Mediterranean region.  According to BugGuide:  “native to so. Asia and Melanesia, since the 1980s spread into many warm coastal areas around the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean.”  The UK Food and Environment Research Agency has an excellent pdf on the Red Palm Weevil.

Red Palm Weevil with Passengers

Red Palm Weevil with Passengers

We suspect that the passengers on your Red Palm Weevil are Mites, but we don’t know if they are parasitic or if they are phoretic, meaning they use the Weevil for transportation purposes and pose no harm to the tranporter.  The Iberia-Natur site includes images of a Red Palm Weevil with mites and it includes the following statement:  “that mites are transported on the legs of the bug. This process is called phoresy, which means the temporary use of another animal (in this case a bug) for transportation to another fee lot.”  Krishna Mohan PHotography also has images of Mites on a Red Palm Weevil and the statement:  “that mites are transported on the legs of this weevil. This process is called phoresy, which means one animal attaching to another for transportation only.”

Mites on Red Palm Weevil

Close-up of Mites on Red Palm Weevil

 

 

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Subject: Bug in our house
Location: Peterborugh, Ontario, Canada
August 1, 2014 9:43 am
Hello,
We found this bug on the floor of our house. The reason that this is important is that within the past few days before finding the bug our dog has lost all mobility in his back legs. We were almost forced to put him down as he is old and figured that it was simply the arthritis in his hips finally taking over. We love him so much that we decided to buy a set of dog wheels for him to give him one more chance. During the time that he has been beginning to be trained with the wheels we saw blood on his paw and the next day found this bug on the floor. We cannot tell if the front ligaments are antennae or legs. We wondered if it could be a tick. This would be good news to us because the paralysis in our dogs legs could be due to tick paralysis which is sometimes reversible. Our whole family and our puppy would appreciate greatly an answer.
Thanks so much!
The Wards
(Attached is the photo of the bug and our doggy with his new wheels!)
Signature: The Wards

Weevil:  Otiorhynchus raucus

Weevil: Otiorhynchus raucus

Dear Wards,
We wrote back earlier to inform you that we felt there was no connection between this Weevil and your dog’s paralysis, and though that has not changed, we have identified your Weevil as
Otiorhynchus raucus, a species that according to BugGuide is:  “native to w. Palaearctic (Europe to Kazakhstan), adventive in NA and widespread in the north (across so. Canada & adjacent US)” and “earliest record in our area: ON 1936.”  We hope you dog’s health improves.

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