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Monday, April 5, 2010

Beetle or weevil?

This looks like it might belong to the Family: Brachyceridae (obese weevils, lily weevils) but I cannot get a positive ID on it.
As you can see in the picture above, this is quite a small specimen but I have seen them at about 1 1/2 inches in body length.

Not very pretty, but kind of cute.

50 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Your photos never stop amazing me they are fantastic. As you say kind of cute but not exactly pretty. Diane

Life in Egypt said...

For everything there is a reason. what a lovely specimen. and well taken shot. yesterday I was looking at a buffalo pat. just like you, I have an interest in anything that moves. I took a distant shot of the flies ( green bottles) But did not have the macro lens to get a close up. good job too as I had a few spectators already wondering what this stupid man was doing in his bare feet prancing about in the mud. now they would have thought I was really doolaly if I went on my knees in front of a smelly cow pat.

Andrea said...

I find it really beautiful...
And your shots are really good:top quality shots.

Zane said...

Not sure what it is - kind of a hybrid possibly. I would not describe it as cute, but unique. Good pictures for identification purposes.

cameravoyages said...

Hand-some bug! Definitely a Schnozzless Weetle...
;)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joan: That would have been a great one for a what is it. Those were neat photos.

Gaelyn said...

Put it on a diet! LOL
Sure is a cutie. Great textures that show so well in your excellent macros. Must have gotten the Big Lens out. Don't remember us seeing this one.

Arti said...

great pics.. really beautifully captured..

Sandy said...

Love the close ups on him, but have no clue~

Craver Vii said...

"Small specimen." Yeah, right. Where did you say you're from? Jurassic Park?

A human kind of human said...

Cute, maybe
Pretty, not really
Armourplated, definitely - lol

blog with no name said...

I guess it's a good thing that bug is not a meat eater...

Vagabonde said...

I do not know what type of beetle this is, but what I know is that you have a wonderful lens to take such close up pictures – of course talent is needed too, and it shows.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Diane. Even warthogs are cute and look at those faces!! :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Tony. I am past the stage where I bother what people think of me when out taking pics. :) Most of the people in the street where I live think I am crazy anyway. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Andea. This is a great little camera and takes excellent sgots.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Zane. I wish there were places I could go to get these identified.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Adrian. I was not sure about it.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I was keeping it for a MM Tom, but decided to post it instead. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Gaelyn. No, I took this one sometime before you arrived but had not gotten around to posting it yet.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting Arti.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Sandy. Wish I could find their names. It is quite frustrating when trying to look it up.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hi Craver. Where have you been? :) Poor little thing, that is why I had it on my hand so you can see how tiny it is. He would have been lost in Jurassic Park with all those monsters stomping around. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! You are right on all accounts Anne. :)

Hope you had a great weekend. I wonder if you had as much rain as we did? It never seemed to stop here.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! You are right Mike otherwise I might have lost a finger .... worse still, a hand. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Vagabonde. These were taken with a small P&S camera I carry all over with me. It has a great macro setting though and takes excellent shots.

Firefly said...

Ugly little bugger, isn't he?

Philip said...

You are getting excellent at these macro's Joan well done.I have a special macro lens for my camera which does not heed these results :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! Shame on you Jonker!! Poor little thing has a good heart you know and that is what matters most. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It is so wonderful to hear from you again Philip and to see your post on the zebra. I have missed seeing your beautiful pictures. Hopefully you will not desert us again.

There is so much involved in doing macro, not onlt the lens. Because of the closeness, you have to have a VERY steady hand. Also, I find these dedicated lenses give a lot of DOF which I do not like on my subjects. A friend of mine uses a 150mm wide angle macro lens with great success.

JM said...

This guy is fantastic, never seen it before! And your macro shots are perfect as usual.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Jose. We do have such a wide varity of species here, I am always finding something different.

Craver Vii said...

Hi Joan! Sorry I haven't been around as much. I spent a few days away, and then I had to focus on catching up. Missed hanging around with you!! :-)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Missed you too Craver!!

Rambling Woods said...

Cute little thing I think...

Azoresub-Bluewater said...

Great pics is beautifully! ;)

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SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You think? LOL!! I like that Michelle. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting Azoresub-Buewater.

Rambling Woods said...

I do think it's cute..but then I spent the entire winter not killing all the house spiders... I may be suffering some kind of breakdown... @:}

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! That is a great "breakdown" Michelle. WOW!! When I think that in the begining you could not even look at a picture of one, I am so very, very proud of you!!

Rambling Woods said...

I guess that is a change Joan...my friend who helps clean my house asked me what happened to me...LOL..

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I am sure she was shocked at the change in you Michelle. Now you have the opportunity to help others who have the same dread of spiders you had and teach them to overcome it. What a wonderful gift!!

Rambling Woods said...

I hadn't thought of it that way Joan. I guess if I could do it then there is hope for anyone.....Michelle

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

There sure is Michelle. And you would be perfect to carry it over to someone else. If they see how you overcame it, they would feel that they could do the same. Share it if you can Michelle. Many people can benefit from your experience.

Mary said...

Kind of a knobby little thing :-) Very interesting and sort of cute....for a bug.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! I thought you liked bugs Mary? :) Good to have you back again after your vacation.Seems like it was a good one too.

Leeloo said...

My goodness Joan, you take the most amazing macro shots!! You're so good at this! Thanks for posting them =)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks for the kind words Leeloo. I have had quite a bit of practice and it gets easier with time. :)

Anna said...

Wow Joan you are really good in finding these cool insects. This one is amazing, interesting texture. Anna :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Anna. There is such a wonderful variety here I wonder if I will ever be able to record even a small part of them.