(14 Oct 2016) Most weevil species have a long snout that they use to chew holes in plants for food and to make egg chambers. This one is about 20 mm long. This weevil is common in South Eastern Australia, both in urban areas and bushlands.
Joseph Banks, the botanist at James Cook’s trip claiming Australia for the British in 1770, found this weevil at that first journey on ‘the new continent’ (or ‘new colony’). Near Botany Bay, that was of course, which gave it his name. It was the first Australian insect ever to have been described!
This weevil was sitting at the top of a rather thin leaf, in quite a bit of wind. It took a long time till the leaf did not shake that much. A rather short shutter time of (still!) 1/125 and f/5 (for enough depth of field) was achieved by putting the ISO up from 100 to 200.
Raw picture taken with a 60 mm macro lens.
I also liked moving the camera around a bit to get a nice background with the insect showing up in front of a grey instead of green background.