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Singapore has Giraffes too!

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7 October 2011
Giraffe Weevils, also known as Leaf-Rolling Weevils are not commonly seen in Singapore. Most are known to be extremely skittish and take off quickly when human presence is detected. It is distinct for it’s exceptionally long neck, especially in the males.

In Chinese, these cute critters are called 长颈捲叶象鼻虫. Literally translated to “Long-Necked Leaf-Rolling Elephant Nosed Bug”. When about to lay eggs, the females would roll a leaf up on it’s host plant. Midway through the leaf-rolling process, it would deposit it’s eggs and continue rolling the leaf until it looks like a popiah (springroll).

Here’s a video of how the giraffe weevils fight with their long necks, mate, and construct their leaf-rolled nests


Here’s another video (in Chinese) of the leaf-rolling process:


Some giraffe weevils had been discovered in Singapore recently and many macro shooters had been visiting them. Til date, the host plants seem to have suffered considerably, with leaves broken off, vegetation flattened and nests dropped. Hopefully as the furor wears off… they’d be able to reproduce without disturbance again.

Giraffe Weevil (Korotyaevirhinus necopinus orientalis) - DSC_4878#1 A female Giraffe Weevil. Look closely and you’d notice that she’s doing her morning poo poo.

Giraffe Weevil (Korotyaevirhinus necopinus orientalis) - DSC_4941#2 She was taking very long… so I had more shots of the same view. @[email protected]

Giraffe Weevil (Korotyaevirhinus necopinus orientalis) - DSC_4985#3 Face view, she peered curiously at my camera

Giraffe Weevil (Korotyaevirhinus necopinus orientalis) - DSC_4973#4 And began cleaning her face

Giraffe Weevil (Korotyaevirhinus necopinus orientalis) - DSC_5000#5 Started wandering around the leaf

Giraffe Weevil (Korotyaevirhinus necopinus orientalis) - DSC_5007#6 And wondering when I’d stop shooting

Giraffe Weevil (Korotyaevirhinus necopinus orientalis) - DSC_4819#7 Record shot of the top view

Giraffe Weevil (Korotyaevirhinus necopinus orientalis) - DSC_4812#8 And here’s what she looks like when she’s about to take flight

While I only observed the Giraffe Weevils over 2 weekends, no males were spotted. I began wondering how they managed to reproduce…. 😛 Hope to see a male appearing soon and we’ll have more giraffes in Singapore!!
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Hi my name is Nicky Bay. I am a macro photographer, instructor and book author, travelling the world to document the vast micro biodiversity that nature has to offer. Follow my updates and discover with me the incredible beauty and science behind our planet's micro creatures!

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