Elephant Weevil
S1, profile
Ellura
Elephant Weevil
S2, Elytra Edge
 
                      
Elephant Weevil (Orthorhinus cylindrirostris)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: True Weevil (Curculionoidea: Curculionidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Elephant Weevil (Orthorhinus cylindrirostris)
This Photo:     🔍S2, profile🔎

Thank you Dr Samuel Brown for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
A well known Weevil. They are quite large at ~20mm long.
They have 4 pairs of tufts that look like horns along their backs, to the top of their head.
A very long thin snout and long legs.
Their legs have spurs, underneath the thighs, just above the knees. Probably used to aid in gripping to branches, etc.
They seem to vary in colour from brown earthy tones to quite light, but always with a vague, angled stripe across their backs.

Copyright © 2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 17-Nov-2022
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.