Metallic Green Weevil
Eurhinus magnificus Gyllenha

This weevil is found in Florida, probably imported through plant trade. It feeds on host plants and are often metallic and vibrant, making them look like small psychedelic elephant bugs. Weevils are part of the Coleoptera family. They’re often found in foods including nuts and seeds, so careful when you’re opening your next bag of flour- there could be some weevils hiding out! (At least they make for a good source of protein)

Photo courtesy of Oscar Antonio Blanco

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Eurhinus magnificus

…a iridescent species of baridine weevil that is native to Central America ranging from Mexico to Panama, However it has also been introduced to southern Florida as well. Adult E. magnificus are fairly small with individuals averaging at around 5.6 millimeters long. Like other weevils they inhabit and feed on a variety of plants. In Florida they are noted for feeding on Seasonvine and other Cissus spp. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Coleoptera-Polyphaga-Curculionoidea-Curculionidae-Baridinae-Baridini-Eurhinus-E. magnificus

Images: Andreas Kay and Richard Crook

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A Stunning Collection of Beetles From Around the World

by Laura Poppick

Udo Schmidt, a retired researcher from Germany’s Federal Center for Meat Research in Bavaria, has been collecting beetles since his late 20s. Now, at 70, his beetle drawers have swelled to 30,000 specimens representing more than 6,000 species.

Schmidt is also a talented photographer, and has digitally archived his stunning collection on his website and Flickr.

“Since more than 350,000 species of beetles have been classified, and I have published photos of just 1,600 of them, there is absolutely no danger that I will run out of work,” Schmidt told Wired…

(read and see more: Wired Science)

(photos: T - Eupholus amalulu, Papua New Guinea, ML - Aspidomorpha miliaris, “Spotted tortoise beetle,” India, MR - Stolas mannerheimi, Peru; B1 - Mecynorrhinella oberthuri, Tanzania; B2 - Broxylus pfeifferi, Indonesia)

Diamond Weevil, Chrysolopus spectabilis.

I did not place the weevil in this position. Its defensive “move” is to drop from its place on a bush onto the ground. Sometimes it is on its back in a “play dead” position.

This was the first insect species in Australia to be scientifically described.

Mount Granya state park, Victoria, Australia

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Myers Briggs Meme: Eli (Weevil) Navarro - ISTPThe Mechanic 

Have an adventuresome spirit. They are attracted to motorcycles, airplanes, sky diving, surfing, etc. They thrive on action, and are usually fearless. ISTPs are fiercely independent, needing to have the space to make their own decisions about their next step. They do not believe in or follow rules and regulations, as this would prohibit their ability to “do their own thing”. Although they do not respect the rules of the “System”, they follow their own rules and guidelines for behavior faithfully. They will not take part in something which violates their personal laws.

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