Saturday, September 27, 2008

Well Armoured

G'day,
I found this little guy yesterday when I was scruffing around in some nearby bush.


I don't know what he is. My insect field guide is fairly basic and I haven't had time yet to go into details. Pretty small - here he is on the end of my (dirty) finger...

(Looks like he's lost a tarsal claw).

Gorgeous. Any suggested ID's?
Regards,
Gouldiae

4 comments:

  1. Great looking beetle. I had a look though a few books but can't see anything even close to it.

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  2. Looks a bit like an auger beetle Gouldiae, but someone will probably shoot me down in flames. ;-)

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  3. Hi Gouldiae.
    From the rough shell, the notched legs and feet, and the antennae, I would say it is a weevil. Unfortunately, the diagnostic bit would be the "rostrum" (long sucking tube), which is not visible in this photo (that is, if this is a Weevil).
    It is the mouth parts which separate chewing insects from sucking insects, but my weevils have usually tended to hold their mouth parts down, just when you need to see them.
    My two bob's worth.
    Cheers
    Denis

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  4. Thanks all.
    Yeah DF, I reckon it's in the 'auger family'. Denis, I didn't notice a long frontal protrusion at all, so I'm guessing that rules out 'weevil'.
    Anyway he was beautiful and I'm glad we crossed paths.
    Gouldiae

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