We only have one hollyhock in the garden, but ...

BugsrusBugsrus Major grinsHochwald, SwitzerlandRegistered Users Posts: 153 Major grins
edited July 18, 2020 in Holy Macro

... the hollyhock weevils found it and look like they plan on establishing a local population.


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  • Lord VetinariLord Vetinari Smugbug Registered Users Posts: 15,561 Major grins
    edited July 19, 2020

    Lovely captures Ed.
    So the females are "nosier" than the males?

    Brian v.

  • e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuser Registered Users Posts: 2,795 Major grins

    Nice shots, Ed.

    I didn't know about this species, although we grow hollyhocks every year.

    The long snout is for chewing a hole in the seed to receive an egg.

    Harold

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaRegistered Users Posts: 2,425 Major grins

    Great shot(s). I'd never heard of these either.

    Poor Hollyhocks - having to endure injury with insult (putting up with Weevil-porn).

  • BugsrusBugsrus Major grins Hochwald, SwitzerlandRegistered Users Posts: 153 Major grins

    Thanks everyone. Harold - I'm not sure if they are found in the U.K. For the biologically inclined, this is Apion longirostre or Rhopalapion longirostre. It is one of the more extreme forms of sexual dimorphism in the coleoptera that I know of. Not only is the nose longer in the female, but the male has a much hairier appendage (no jokes please). The weevils never fail to amaze me. I took some shots of weevils on figwort the other day, only to find that they were very specifically the figwort weevil.

  • e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuser Registered Users Posts: 2,795 Major grins

    Yes, they have been found in London.

    Harold

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