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Description

A small (5mm) weevil which has created a nidus. The relationships here are extraordinary. The female weevil steps out a measure of leaf, cuts it, folds and rolls it smearing a mystery substance as she goes, and injecting spores of a penicillin fungus she had collected in thoracic cavities. The peniciliin protects the larvae as they develop from other infections but don't provide nourishment.
Family Attelabidae; Genus Euops: need to add these

Date & Time

2015-11-12 02:17 PM

Location

  -37.90332 , 145.307718 : 139.906 m

Near Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156, Australia

Discussion

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  1. David Francis  Wonderful natural history, Mark. Family Attelabidae; Genus Euops added to database

    Reply • 18 Nov 2015

  2. Mark Ridgway  Thanks David.

    Reply • 18 Nov 2015