As one of the largest animal families, snout and bark beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) are represented by over 40,000 species throughout the world. Within North America there are over 2,500 species, making these some of the more difficult insects to identify specifically.
Also known as weevils, these beetles usually feature long, downward-curving rostrums (“noses”) and elbowed antennae. Most feed on plants as both larvae and adults, and many are economically important crop pests.
As with other beetles, these insects bear two pairs of wings. The first pair is thickened and hardened, forming what are known as elytra. These specialized wings protect the rear flight wings. Last week I managed to capture this snout beetle in the split second it took to open its wings and take off.