Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Evil Weevil

The kids were jumping in excitement with the arrival of this uninvited guest. It was an Asian palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (syn Rhynchophorus vulneratus) - a destructive pest much hated by the palm growers, as its large grub, up to 10cm long, are known to munch tunnels through soft tissue of its hosts, often causing irreversible damage by the time its presence was apparent.

It was not a looker but we were mesmerised watching the 2 twirling antennae each with its pulsating satellite dish at the tip.

Fortunately for the critter, I do not have palms at home, otherwise it would be beetlejuice.


Hermes said...

I'm not a great fan of most insects but as someone said "God must love them, he made so many!"

Hort Log said...

yep....they will rule the world you know.

Hermes said...

Starting with my bath it seems! I'm sure you have many more types than us.

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