Crusty Barrel Weevil
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||True Weevil (Curculionidae)|
|Species:||Horse-nosed Weevil (Pelororhinus sp)|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A medium sized weevil at ~14mm long weight ~0.1gm.
The antennae point back slightly, rather than foreward like many other weevils. Covered in very short coloured scales, with long hairs around the muzzle.
Very long legs and large feet what can hold onto glass, just.
This specimen flew past us straight into a senna bush about 5m in front of us. Beetles fly quite differently to flies. Much slower, quite combersome, with the body hanging.
Shape is very important to weevil identification; much more than colour. Notice the way the pronotum is extended over the head, and the way the head indents (in profile) to make a face and separate muzzle. Broad-nosed weevils have a straight line from the forehead to the tip of the snout.