2015-11-12 14:17:00

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

Tags

adult-female
egg
insect-eggs
weevil

Location

Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156, Australia

Meta

Observation2015-11-12 14:17:00
Date-Time From CameraNo
Location-37.903320, 145.307718
Photo Geo-Tag UsedYes
Created2015-11-15 by argybee (Mark Ridgway)
Updated2015-11-18 by argybee
Photo(s) LicenseCreative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence
Document LicenseCreative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence
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