Do you have any idea what kind of beetle this is and more impotantly why it has hair on it’s long horn and face? Thank you.
A change in the way we are receiving email and problems posting to the site have impacted the time we have for research. Since we have a dedicated reader who really enjoys searching the internet and identifying creatures that stump us there should be a proper identification soon. There are other Weevils with similar hair, but we cannot tell you the reason.
ID on Unknown weevil from Costa Rica
What a magnificent and rather huge beast! I believe this is the same weevil as the one shown in “Weevil from Panama is Cuban Weevil” (05/02/2006). As Diane pointed out back then, it appears on three different postage stamps at: http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ch2m-nitu/osazoums.htm And in a photo at: http://www.bugnation.co.uk/viewtopic.php?p=38132&sid=3fb17eaedae231a27b673adc617c659e So this is apparently Rhina oblita Jacquelin du Val, 1857, the Cuban Weevil. Some weevils are naturally hairy. My guess would be that in beetles that eat flowers, or any part of a plant which is really sticky, perhaps it’s much easier to comb droplets of sticky gunk off of hairs, than it is to try to scrape gunk off of your exoskeleton?
Ok, looks like the bearded weevil is the “bottlebrush weevil,” Rhinostomus (formerly Rhina) barbirostris. Thanks to Insectia.com and GodofInsects.com for images and a little information. The specimen has to be a male, as females do not have the hairy snout.
Thank you Susan and Eric for your continued support.