Giraffe weevil

Giraffe weevil

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Caption: Giraffe weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa) on a leaf. This weevil is found in Madagascar. It grows up to 80 millimetres in length and is thought to be the longest of all weevils. It has a red wing case. The weevil is identifiable by its long rostrum, which is an elongated part of the front portion of the head. The tip of the rostrum contains tiny chewing mouthparts that are used to bore into plant stems and trees for feeding. The female also lays eggs in the holes she makes, ensuring a supply of food for the developing larvae. Weevils form the largest family of beetles (Curculionidae) worldwide, containing 40,000 known species.

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