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Hi Bugman,
I found this guy cruising around in some hair cap moss, here in Milford PA. He’s fairly small. Can you help me identify him? Thanks in advance,
Meg Stewart
PS. Great website! lots of great info!

Hi Meg,
This is a Weevil, which is a type of beetle. There are over 30.000 species of Weevils, and we do not feel qualified to give you a species identification, but some day, someone will probably write in and properly identify your Weevil.

Can You help
What is this fellow please…..He was on the south coast of NSW on a headland in amongst Banksia, grasses, ferns and she oak on Burri Point near Batemans Bay. Thanks,
Warren Feakes

Hi Warren,
This is a Weevil, a type of Beetle. The markings resemble those of a Botany Bay Weevil, though in your photo they appear white and not pale blue. It might be a color variation, or just an inaccurate rendition of the photographic image, or possibly a different species.

Palmetto wevil?
Found this BIG wevil (1.5"-2") on the steps as I was leaving work today. I had no idea wevils got so big! I saw the Palmetto Wevil on your site and it looks like it might be the same thing with slightly different markings. Maybe it is a female? Thanks!
Kara in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hi Kara,
This is certainly a Palmetto Weevil. Some specimens are black, some reddish brown, and some, like yours, are mottled.

yellow weevil from cyprus- genus lixus-
Hi there. I wanted to let you know that i found one of these on my rose bush two days ago. I have never seen one before, but as I find weevils very fetching with their enormous noses and beady eyes, I took a photo. It ate a whole rose leaf before it disappeared but was there all day. Are they actually native to another country, eg, Cyprus as seen on your website. We are in a severe drought here, and I thought it may have come to the garden where a few things still have green leaves. cheers,
Jenny Davis

Hi Jenny,
There are over 35,000 species of Weevils worldwide, making the family Curculionidae the largest on the planet. Your letter is unclear if you are from Cypress, or if you think your Weevil looks like the one from Cypress. It does possess the yellow powdery bloom that Eric Eaton describes for the genus Lixus.

Beetle found in East Mojave Desert 5/30/05
It was so hot that day, I thought nothing could be surviving .. and here is this beautiful beetle .. perfectly adapted! I’m getting heatstroke! Lovely, but frustrating. I looked through all the photos of beetles on your site .. closest I came was the 10-lined june bug .. but this is not that! Is it? Thanks in advance!

Hi Kathi,
We thought this might be a Darkling Beetle, and wrote to Eric Eaton. We are guessing, if the lable on the photo is correct, that this beetle was found near Cronese Lake. Eric wrote back: “It is actually a weevil in the family Curculionidae. Hesitate to give a genus, but reminds me a little of Ophryastes, which includes large, flightless, desert-inhabiting species, often pale in color.”

Yes .. actually in the East Mojave south of I15 and east of Baker .. probably 10 miles directly south of Cronese Dry Lake.

Kiwi-like bug
My name is Matthew Frias, I am a 16 year old high school senior. I would like to ask for your help with identifying a strange bug. Today, I came across a strange looking bug that had a striking resemblance to the kiwi bird (well, to me at least) I have never seen this bug before in my life. I found this bug sitting on my nightstand in my room. It walks very slowly and has the ability to fly. The long apendage coming from its head seem like it is used to feed on sugar food (flowers perhaps?) I tested this by giving it a bit of sugar-water. It doesn’t seem to be dangerous since i’ve picked it up before. Also, the apendage coming out of its head seems to have two antenae attatched to it. They come out a little less than half-way from the face. I have attached a sample picture of the bug. If you need more samples I have other pictures at different angles. Yet I feel this is one of the best angles I could get with my camera. Thank you very much.
Matthew Frias,
Alhambra CA

Hi Matthew,
This is an Acorn Weevil in the genus Curculio. The California Acorn Weevil is Curculio uniformis, but we cannot quickly locate an image nor the range. That species is still our best bet.