Weevil

Weevil

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Credit: PASCAL GOETGHELUCK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Weevil (Balaninus elephas) standing on a leaf. 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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Keywords: agricultural pest, animal, balaninus elephas, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leaf, nature, rostrum, snout, weevil, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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