What is this bug?
February 25, 2010
My dad was bitten by this bug while on holiday in Paphos, any idea what kind of beetle it is?
This is a Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus. According to M. Ferry and S. Gómez who wrote the paper “The Red Palm Weevil in the Mediterranean Area” which is posted online on the Palm’s Journal, “The red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier, has become the most important pest of the date palm in the world.” We were not aware that Red Palm Weevils would bite humans, and we believe this was an anomoly. We suspect David Gracer might be writing that the grubs are edible.