This weevil was a whopping ⅛ inch long and was positioned on our development director’s wrist for scale. The broad-nosed weevils are usually easily recognized by, unsurprisingly, their broad snouts (scientifically called rostrums).Their chewing mouthparts are located at the tip, which they use to dine on a variety of plants. Larvae are also vegetarians but generally live in soil and feed on roots. Many species within this family are parthenogenetic, with eggs that develop without fertilization.
Photo by Glenn Marangelo on 4/17/20 in Missoula, MT.