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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Giraffe weevil porn

Giraffe weevils / leaf rolling weevils / long necked beetles are one of my most favorite macro subjects. They are so just so cute and photogenic and a great fun to photograph, even more so when they are mating!

I found my first giraffe weevil on March 8, 2008 - a male with long neck! But it wasn't until Oct 9, 2010 that I managed to find a mating pair of that particular species. More info here.

These yellow spotted giraffe weevils are still quite new to me. First found on April 22, 2012, this species has been identified as Korotyaevirhinus necopinus orientalis,  Legalov, 2003. (ID credit: Andrei).

I found a female rolling a leaf to make a nest out of it on May 25, 2012. The process is documented in this post .

I was lucky enough to have found a mating pair by June 7, 2012. Both the males and females of this species have similar neck length.

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All images taken with a Canon 40D, MP-E 65 Macro Lens, MT-24EX Twin Lite
and concave diffuser.

At first, there were just the two of them. Oh, and me too, of course. But they didn't seem bothered at all.
Leaf rolling weevils mating...IMG_6519 copy

Still only the two of them.
Giraffe weevils porn ...IMG_6542 copy

And then, things got a little more interesting. An ant appeared from out of nowhere!
Mating pair of giraffe weevil...IMG_6546 copy

The ant was really really nosy!
Giraffe weevils porn...IMG_6547 copy

See what I mean by being nosy? :D
Giraffe weevils sex...IMG_6548 copy

More bugs porn here.

Check out the other three species here:

http://orionmystery.blogspot.com/2010/08/giraffe-weevil-and-its-host-plant.html

http://orionmystery.blogspot.com/2011/03/spiny-giraffe-weevils-and-host-plant.html

http://​orionmystery.blogspot.com/​2011/05/​another-giraffe-weevils.htm​l
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