Now that I am back on the blog, let’s reintroduce the Friday Beetle!

Weevils are usually known for their snouts, but this muscular male brentid has foregone the typical weevil nose for a big set of chompers. Note the many mites hitchhiking on the beetle's legs. (Kibale Forest, Uganda)

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.

An overhead view of the same male. More mites are visible in this aspect, too.


photo details:
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 400, F/13, 1/125 sec
Diffuse off-camera flash