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Curculionidae


Curculionidae
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Copyright: Marx Who (Marx44) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-15 8:24
Viewed: 2171
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Curculionidae, weevils, also called snout beetles or curculios (not to be confused with the genus Curculio), is the family of the "true" weevils (or snout beetles). With over 40,000 species described worldwide, it is the largest of any animal family.

They are recognized by their distinctive long snout and geniculate antennae with small clubs; beyond that, curculionids have considerable diversity of form and size, with adult lengths ranging from 1 mm to 40 mm.

Weevils are almost entirely plant feeders, and most species are associated with a narrow range of hosts, in many cases only living on a single species. With so many species to classify and over 400 genera, the taxonomy of this family is quite complicated, and authors disagree on the number and placement of various subfamilies, tribes, and subtribes.

The word "weevil" has been made famous by the boll weevil, which lays its eggs and eats inside cotton bolls, killing the plant.

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Gorgeous macro shot Marx! I love the detail here. Very good brightness, and contrast. Brilliant simple composition and fine point of view. f/8 may be creating a bit shallow depth of field. Bravo!
Regards,
George Veltchev

hello Marx
you have captured this weevil with perfect details, the insect is very well illuminated and cotrasted nicely with the dark BG, fine composition and framing, very great shot
Have a great sunday
jacqueline

Hello Marx
Beautiful photo with very good composition. nice colours and good sharpness.
The weevil in the photo is a Sitona species; possibly Sitona gressorius (Fabricius 1792)
Regards,
Christodoulos

Hallo Marx
I can say much more than just a wonderful macro. Perfect photography in all aspects. Everything in this image is first class and worth a huge A+. Thanks for sharing this very interesting creature. Best regards.
Anna

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-16 5:52]

Hi,
Beautiful weevil, fine pose and colors, well done. tfs.
nagraj.v

Hi Marx,
My first seeing a snout weevil. A wonderful portrait showing every attribute of this insect in super detail.

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