Invasive Red Palm Weevil from Portugal

Identifying mysterious large beetle from the coast of Algarve, Portugal.
Location: Algarve, South coast of Portugal,
March 12, 2012 11:14 am
I’ve been searching the web for hours and hours to try and identify this beetle, I’ve tried multiple ”identification helpers” to try and narrow it down to a family, but no luck. I took this picture while on vacation on the south coast of Portugal. I found it walking on the street by the docks, so maybe it helps that it lives near salt water? and it was a really hot outside, I don’t know it that matters either. The beetle has six legs, wings (it flew away), and a long horn-like shape in the front with two antennae’s attached. It was maybe 5-6 centimeters long, about the size of an average middle finger. I really hope you can figure this out, I think the pictures should be detailed enough 🙂
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Red Palm Weevil

The elongated snout identifies this beetle as one of the Weevils, and more specifically, it is a Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus.  According to it is known as “Gorgulho Vermelho”.  The Red Palm Weevil is an invasive exotic species that was introduced to Portugal in recent years and it has become a serious threat to the date palms that have been planted.

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