Hector the Bug
Location: St John, US Virgin Islands
March 1, 2011 10:38 pm
We found Hector here in our apartment in the US Virgin Islands in February 2011. He appears to be some sort of beetle, but that’s as far as we got. We couldn’t find any images online that resembled him. He played dead for a little while and then cooperatively posed for some photos before we set him free. Do you know what he is?
Signature: Jonathan & Katie
Dear Jonathan & Katie,
Hector is a species of Weevil, a very large group of Beetles. We had no luck web searching Weevils and Virgin Islands, so we tried nearby Puerto Rico where we happened upon Alfredo Colón’s Wildlife website with 154 images of Weevils, including the first image pictured, a Citrus Root Weevil, Diaprepes abbreviatus, which is the closest match there. BugGuide indicates that the species has “color highly variable (morphs from gray to yellow to orange to black)“. The Texas Department of Agriculture has an online fact sheet that indicates: “Diaprepes abbreviatus is a root weevil native to the Caribbean where at least 16 additional species within the genus are known. Diaprepes abbreviatus has a wide host range, attacking about 270 different plants including citrus, sugarcane, vegetables, potatoes, woody field-grown ornamentals, sweet potatoes, papaya, guava, mahogany, containerized ornamentals, and non-cultivated wild plants.” We believe Hector may be a Citrus Root Weevil, or possibly another member of the genus.