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Unknown Beetle
Could you please help in identifying this small beetle? It is a small (5-7 mm long) red or reddish with several black spots. It looks like a weevil, or snout beetle. The picture was taken in mid-summer, in Southern Ohio.
Thank you.

Hi Alex,
We will see if Eric Eaton can provide a species name for your red spotted Weevil. Eric soon offered his assistance: ” The red-spotted weevil is most likely the Cocklebur Weevil, Rhodobaenus tredecimpunctatus. Certainly the genus is correct, the species could possibly be different, as there are two in Ohio.”

giant weevil
This pinned specimen was collected March 10, 2006 at Crooked River state park in southeast Georgia. It was found in an area heavily populated by saw palmettos. I was very shocked at the size, weevils I’ve encountered in the past are always so small. I did not notice any weevil image on your site that matched up with this one and thought it might be a nice addition. From what I gathered online I think it may be a Palmetto Weevil; I would greatly appreciate if you could confirm this or let me know otherwise if it isn’t.

Hi Anthony,
We agree that this is a Palmetto Weevil, Rhynchophorus cruentatus. There is both a black and a red form of this species. According to BugGuide, the grubs of Palmetto Weevils are considered delicacies in some parts of the world.

Fluoro green bug from Australia, or is it?
Attached to this email is a photo of an unidentified insect beside some coins for size reference. I found this bug below my sink. I am from the south east coast of Australia and I am curious to know:
1. Is this insect venomous/dangerous (stings, itches, etc, possible cause of bed bugs? If so… Its a wonder I haven’t missed them the first time!). As you can see by the pics its is fluoro green in color with black spots. Perhaps like many of the insect life on the Australian east coast, maybe its one of those insects that have this black spotty coat to warn predators of itself? Would slightly than normal summer temperatures be bringing this insect to our doorstep, or would any of the garden plants we have here in our backyard be attracting it? The temperatures we have been experiencing recently have reached around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (30+ degrees Celsius) you see.
2. Is it an Australian native insect? If it isn’t I will strongly consider destroying it, seeing that native flora and fauna has enough trouble trying to cope with many introduced species, and finally… 3. …why are it’s legs still slowly moving!? We have recently scattered some insect poison around the toilet floor to kill some roaches. This insect seemed to have been affected, as it seemed lifeless, at first. It seems though to be sort of waking up, as if it was recovering from a hangover or something! (yipes!)
Please respond when you can.
Joe Baez

Hi Joe,
This is a Botany Bay Weevil which we located on an Australian Beetle Site. According to the site: “the Botany Bay weevil Chrysolopus spectabilis – up to 25 mm long – is active at this time of the year feeding on acacias. Despite the name, it lives right throughout south east Australia. The Botany Bay Weevil, was one of the first Australian insects to be described from material collected in 1770 by Joseph Banks, a naturalist who landed at Botany Bay with Captain Cook.” So it does not sting or bite. It is native. The acacias are attracting it and we have no comment on poison.

To whom it may concern at WhatsThatBug.
My father and I have set the Botany Bay weevil free. As soon as took it out of the pouch i was keeping it in, it wiggled all its limbs and slowly crawled away! Talk about a miracle of Christmas! 😀 Thanks heaps for the advice, and I’ll be sure to refer your site to others.
Joe Baez.

What is this bug?
Can you tell what type of bug this is? We found it at the Imperial Sand Dunes in California, close to the Arizona and Mexico border. We are curious. Thanks!

Hi Jenny,
The best we were able to do was to say that this is a species of Weevil. We wrote to Eric Eaton who has this to add: ” I think it is something in the genus Ophryastes, but I know someone who would know for sure. I’ll forward the message and see if he can’t help. He is the grand master of North American weevils, but I don’t want to wear out my welcome. Nice specimen in any event! My weevil expert friend just replied. It is indeed Ophryastes, and is 90% certain it is O. aridus.
Eric “

Unknown insect from Cyprus
I came across your site accidentally after seeing what I thought was a humming bird in my back garden, an unusual event for the south west of England. However, it turned out to be a hummingbird hawkmoth from the Mediterranean that had got lost. It doesn’t look like the ones I found on your site. Anyway, whilst on holiday in Cyprus in May of this year and keen to try out my new Cybershot camera, I came across this creature on my balcony. Of all the insects there, I never saw the like of it again and would be grateful to find out what it is and am hoping it goes by the name of ‘anteater beetle’! (I’ve got higher res images if needed)
Kind Regards,

Hi Martin,
This is some species of Weevil. Weevils belong to a very large family of beetles. They are also called Billbugs.

Update from Eric Eaton: “I actually recognize that weevil from Cyprus. It is in the genus Lixus. Many species in that genus have the yellow, powdery “bloom” on their bodies. Eric ”

White and Black Beetles
Hi Bugfolks,
Awesome site! Thanks!
I’ve browsed your beetles, but didn’t see this one. They’re all over my yard, on cassia, grapefruit, pine, and worse yet my butterfly host plants! Are they just contributing to the swiss cheese look on the leaves, or are they going after my butterfly eggs or caterpillars like this wasp looking creature that I’ve seen killing the caterpillars? Both the beetle and the wasp are in Palm Beach and Broward counties in south east Florida. The beetles are about the size of a large pea (slightly stepped on – they’re longer than round) and hide under the leaf when I get near with a camera then drop off (hopefully to the ground and not my shoe… they make ya hop!) the leaf when I flip it over to get a picture (which is good when I go beetle removing in the evening with a ziplock and flashlight – just hold the bag under the leaf and tap… in they go). I’d love to know the proper name for them.
Thanks Very Much,
Stephanie Sanchez

Hi Stephanie,
Your wasp photo did not attach. The Beetles are some type of Weevil, the largest family of insects, Curculionidae. Here is Eric Eaton’s assessment: “Ok, the beetles are definitely weevils of some sort, and strictly vegetarian:-) I’d see if they aren’t among the “featured creatures” that the Florida Ag department (IFAS) has made web page fact sheets for. They certainly are distinctive. Eric ” We checked all the weevils on the site and couldn’t find a match.

Update: (12/02/2006)
Floridian weevils mating
Re: your photo of “Floridian Weevils Mating” 10/18/2005, I found this alert on the U FL website which looks like the same weevil to me:
There’s a native floridian version and a new invasive asian version, which looks more like these photos to me. We seem to have them too, though they haven’t yet been reported on the west coast of Florida, according to the article.
-Miriam Wallace
Sarasota, FL

Thanks Miriam,
You appear to be correct.