(9 June 2017) I’m not saying that the first thing you should think about when you wake up at night is a weevil. Nevertheless, this is a weevil with a story to tell.
Some weevils really deserve our admiration, like the Tranes weevils fertilising the unique ‘dinosaur trees’, macrozamias (you’ll find three of these palms next to Eagle Heights post office, several next to Sunset View Restaurant at Main Western Road and many in Palm Grove and Witches Falls NPs). The Botany Bay weevil (Chrysolopus spectabilis) was the first Australian insect ever to be described.
Now, the one ‘at stake’ here, we encountered last week in MacDonald National park. Most weevils have ‘elbowing’ antennae, but this one doesn’t, making it a ‘fungus weevil’, member of the Anthribidae family. The experts at the QLD Museum responded to my identification request: “Some examples of Anthribidae are ascribed to the genus Commista and also the genus Telala look superficially similar to the weevils in the photograph, but there is a reasonable likelihood that this is an undescribed species, quite possibly in an undescribed genus.”
This weevil probably is in the stage of laying eggs, which will stay underground, as do the emerging larvae, till spring is in the air. By then this beauty will be in weevil heaven… an adult weevil lives up to only eight weeks.
Normally I don’t use flash, but not having a tripod a had to: f/3.5, 1/60, ISO 100, flash. The 60mm macro lens allowed to get close to the subject and capture quite good detail.