Wild Florida Photo - Rhynchophorus cruentatus

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Rhynchophorus cruentatus

PALM WEEVIL

GIANT PALM WEEVIL

Synonym: Curculio cruentatus

Florida native

 

The palm weevil is the largest of the weevil species in the United States, with a body length of 19-31mm (3/4 to 1-1/4 in.). The range extends throughout all of Florida and into the southeastern coastal states from Texas to South Carolina.
Rhynchophorus cruentatus body color can vary from all red to solid black, but occurs most often as red with black markings. The rostrum (snout-like projection) of males is bumpy, while on the females it is smooth.
The specific name cruentatus is derived from the Latin for blood, referring to the bloody or blood-stained color of this weevil's body.
For more information on palm weevils, visit the University of Florida Entomology Department's Featured Creatures page for this insect

 
Rhynchophorus cruentatus is a member of the Curculionoidea - Snout and Bark Beetles family.
 






For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Bugguide.net info page for this species

Date record last modified:
Jun 07, 2018