Aptly named, snout beetles have a “snout” (rostrum) tipped with chewing mouthparts. And while other beetles may have snouts, they lack the distinctive elbowed, clubbed antennae. Adults of this handsome species are often found on willows, but the larvae feed on roots of other plants. We’re not sure if Kelly tested it out, but adults in this family (Curculionidae, the true weevils/snout and bar beetle) often play dead when disturbed by lying motionless on their back. Predators quickly lose interest in dead prey, so insects that play dead (called thanatosis) can often escape unharmed.
Size: 9.7 mm-15 mm
Photo by: Kelly Dix on 6/1/22 near Hamilton, MT