Subject: albino bug
Location: Melbourne, FL
August 6, 2012 9:32 pm
NEVER seen one of these before, but he flew away like a ladybug by slipping a couple of dark-ish wings out the back of his spotted shell and politely rising in a delicate drunken line and then buzzing off. He visited me on 8-5-2012 in Central Florida near the Atlantic Coast. For perspective, he’s sitting on the lip of a 1/2 liter water bottle.
This is an invasive, exotic species, the Yellow Headed Ravenous Weevil or Sri Lanka Weevil, Myllocerus undecimpustulatus. According to BugGuide, in southern Florida where it has been established, it is ” recorded from 55 host plant spp., from palms to roadside weeds, including citrus.”