Giraffe Weevil, Andasibe, Madagascar

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    Giraffe-necked weevils (Trachelophorus giraffae) are almost invariably found on the leaves of Dichaetanthera cordifolia, on which they feed. The male's long 'neck' is adapted for rolling a leaf to make an egg case in which the female (which has a shorter neck) lays a single egg.

    Rainer Zaiser, Kevin Law, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Armpro 41 months ago | reply

      Wonderful capture!
      Thanks for posting.

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    2. lennox_tpc 41 months ago | reply

      Another fantastic shot!

      Another fave! ;-)

    3. wolfpix 41 months ago | reply

      This is one of those insects that make people sit up and say "Wow!"
      I wonder if the long neck (thorax) is a sexual-display thing, or is it related to how it feeds?

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    4. Frank.Vassen 41 months ago | reply


      Good question. I have now added a short explanation.

    5. 77Dono 41 months ago | reply

      Great capture and color!

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    6. Turtlerangler 40 months ago | reply

      Great shot of a truly bizarre beetle!

    7. Little Grey 39 months ago | reply

      this is the first time i see one of these...thank you for sharing.

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