Now that I am back on the blog, let’s reintroduce the Friday Beetle!
Enjoying a snack break along a trail one morning in Uganda’s Kibale forest, I looked up to see a bizarre creature peering over the top of a leaf. I’d never seen anything like it. The animal was strange enough that I dropped my chocolate granola bar to take some close-in photographs. Mouthparts like a stag beetle, antennae like a weevil, and a body shaped like a tube. The ungainly animal was also covered in little mites.
Online resources for tropical beetle identification are sparse to non-existent. I am 95% confident this is a weevil in the cosmopolitan family Brentidae, however, and I suspect it *might* be Bolbocranius. If any of you recognize him, though, please drop a note in the comments.
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 400, F/13, 1/125 sec
Diffuse off-camera flash