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Cordia Snout Beetle


an unknown species of snout beetle observed at Kitale, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Kitale, Kenya, December 2012.

Snout Beetles, like all beetles, lead a double life. In the first stage they are grubs, caterpillar-like larvae that are designed as feeding machines. It is possible, but not certain, that this weevil's larva developes within tissue of Cordia africana, the plant on which it was found. Further observation might reveal the true host of this exquisitely evolved insect.

Curculionidae -- Weevil Family

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