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Sweet Potato Weevil by melvynyeo Sweet Potato Weevil by melvynyeo
Never an easy subject to approach because they will dropped at the slightest disturbance. Taken at night in Singapore forest.

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Sweetpotato weevil is the most serious pest of sweet potato, not only in the United States, but around the world. It causes damage in the field, in storage, and is of quarantine significance. It is inherently of interest to entomologists due to its strikingly colorful appearance and extremely long rostrum (beak).

Sweetpotato weevil was first noted in the United States in Louisiana in 1875, and then in Florida in 1878 and Texas in 1890, probably entering by way of Cuba. It is now found throughout the coastal plain of the Southeast from North Carolina to Texas. It also is found in Hawaii and Puerto Rico, and widely around the world in tropical regions.

Normally the adult emerges from the pupation site by chewing a hole through the exterior of the plant tissue, but sometimes it remains for a considerable period and feeds within the tuber. The adult is striking in form and color. The body, legs, and head are long and thin, giving it an ant-like appearance. The head is black, the antennae, thorax and legs orange to reddish brown, and the abdomen and elytra are metallic blue. The snout is slightly curved and about as long as the thorax; the antennae are attached at about the mid point on the snout. The beetle appears smooth and shiny, but close examination shows a layer of short hairs. The adult measures 5.5 to 8.0 mm in length. Under laboratory conditions at 15 C, adults can live over 200 days if provided with food and about 30 days if starved. In contrast, their longevity decreases to about three months if held at 30o C with food, and eight days without food. Adults are secretive, often feeding on the lower surface of leaves, and are not readily noticed. The adult is quick to feign death if disturbed. Adults can fly, but seem to do so rarely and in short, low flights. However, because they are active mostly at night, their dispersive abilities are probably underestimated. Females feed for a day or more before becoming sexually active, but commence oviposition shortly after mating; the average preoviposition period is seven days. A sex pheromone produced by females has been identified and synthesized.
raido-ehwaz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
Beautiful creature and well-composed photo. Weevils are such great-looking insects, I've always liked them.
MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, your wonderful work has been featured in the latest devPREMIUM's Weekly Macro Spotlight Vol. 126. Best regards!!
MarcosRodriguez, Curator of the Macro Gallery at devPREMIUM
DarkAfi4 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, amazing photo. Well done!
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July 24, 2014
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Focal Length
100 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 12, 2014, 10:55:17 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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