Bug of the week: The Nut Weevil

“But what a big nose you have Grandma”. In fact, that ‘nose’ is called a rostrum – a protrusion where the insects mouth is located. However, you can see the insects ‘nose’ in this picture –  the antennae (in these species of weevils, they’re elbowed and clubbed). Antennae are sensory appendages which allow insects to detect chemical signals in their environments. Weevils are wonderfully diverse (more than 60,000 described species), and can be found just about anywhere. Keep your eyes peeled for interesting weevils near you!

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