S2, dorsal, close up
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||True Weevil (Curculionoidea: Curculionidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Elephant Weevil (Orthorhinus cylindrirostris)|
|This Photo:||🔍S2, Head, 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.