Conversation between 2 Fungus Weevils

17 April 2011
Been wanting to shoot at Venus Drive again and we started to camp at the “Sigma Tree”. It was only called the Sigma Tree because one of us had dropped and broke his Sigma 150mm there before. ūüėõ

This tree had a decent population of fungus weevils and checkered beetles. They scampered all over the tree trunk and one just to observe hard enough to find the little guys who looked a bit like ultraman. lol

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_5983#1 2 Fungus Weevils, would their paths cross?

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_5988#2 Private conversation going on when they finally met

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_5990#3 And one decided to turn away. Bad breath??

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_5944#4 The Fungus Weevils were pretty active and ran in little spurts. I had to put my tripod aside and do hand held shots of these. Gotta love the big eyes!!

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_5946#5 Side view. The eyes do remind me of ultraman…

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_5963#6 View from the other side

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_5956#7 This one had a black patterned back

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_5966#8 Perching up for a nice pose!

Checkered Beetle (Cleridae) - DSC_5975#9 Hairy little beetle. Could be a Checkered Beetle. Anyone with confirmation?

I had reached before the others did, and managed to capture some shots with morning dew!

Treehoppers (Membracidae) - DSC_5861#10 2 Treehoppers waiting for the dew to dry

Ant infected by cordyceps fungus (Formicidae) - DSC_5909#11 A fungus-ridden ant, now swarmed with morning dew!

Branded Imperial (Eooxylides tharis distanti) - DSC_5941#12 Branded Imperial (Eooxylides tharis distanti) getting disturbed by ants. Hope the ID is correct!

Weevil (Curculionidae) - DSC_5997#13 Along came a really big weevil

Weevil (Curculionidae) - DSC_6002#14 Perched up with a pose

Weevil (Curculionidae) - DSC_5999#15 And started doing a weevil dance!

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_6008#16 Sagita found this really wrinkled longhorned beetle

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_6015#17 It decided to rest it’s horns when I went to it’s front to take a head shot

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_6019#18 Normal landscape view

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_6044#19 Closing in for a passport photo!

Straight-Snouted Weevil (Brentidae) - DSC_6050#20 A thin, reddish weevil with little mites (?) crawling underneath

The complete album can be viewed here.
  1. Reply

    Daddy Bear

    20 April 2011

    Great entry as usual, Nicky. Enjoyed the pictures, especially the animated one. Wife was wondering how come no insex this time?

  2. Reply

    Nicky Bay

    20 April 2011

    Thanks Adrian! Saw mating fruit-flies but skipped, scared that she'll give u disgusted look again. lol



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