Tuesday, July 01, 2008
What strange little insects, that looked like miniature beetles with longish snouts. Turns out, that's more or less the definition of weevils.
These are in the subfamily Baridinae, probably Odontocorynus scutellumalbum. What a mouthful of a name! It may change though, because according to Wiki, "the higher classification of weevils is in a state of flux". I imagine it's an exciting time for entomologists.
Several were feeding on Rudbeckia. Not being familiar with weevils yet, I'd temporarily named the photo files "besbug" as shorthand for black-eyed-susan-bug. It started me thinking, what if people were as interested in insects as in electronics. When showing off your creepy-crawlies, you could tell your friends that you got a really good deal at BestBug.
Anyway, I found another one on a daisy.
I didn't notice until processing the photos back home, that there was something sinister lurking below.
Eek! I think that little weevil is in for a big surprise.
I wish I'd realized the whole picture when I was there. I wonder who came out alive. Who won Best Bug? In hopes of the preservation of local wildflowers, I think I'd have to root for the spider.
In case you've got a dark computer screen, let me lighten that last picture up for you.