Friday Beetle Blogging: A Buff Brentid

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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

6 thoughts on “Friday Beetle Blogging: A Buff Brentid”

  1. That is one gorgeous weevil.
    The upside of such Coleoptera–amazing diversity.
    The downside of such Coleoptera–amazing, mind-boggling, daunting diversity.
    And that you have to become an expert in botany to study so many of them.
    Give me ants–moderate diversity, from herbivores to predators–but something an ecologist can grok.
    And a world-class photographer devoted to their study.
    Viva Myrmecos!

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