Diamond Beetle (28)
|One of my favourite summer time beetles is this one, the Botany Bay Weevil or Diamond Beetle (Chrysolopus spectabilis). Itís fairly large weevil, around 25mm and can be common in some years when conditions are right. This summer has not been great with large areas of eastern Australia still affected by drought and insect productivity is noticeably poor. I had hoped to bring you many beetles, but itís been a very lean season for both beetles and butterflies.|
There are about 6,000 species of weevil (Family Curculionidae) and this is the largest beetle group in Australia. Most species have a long snout which they use to chew holes into plants for food and creating egg chambers. This species was one of the first described from eastern Australia, when it was collected by the botanist Sir Joseph Banks in Botany Bay, just south of Sydney, in 1770. This species is patchily distributed through in woodlands and heathlands through south-eastern Australia, where it prefers areas with lots of Acacias.
I have put a front view of the weevil in the workshop, which shows the snout and eye deatil. Hope you like it.