I scooped a medium-sized weevil off a wall a few days back, this afternoon I got around to checking it. As suspected, it was Otiorhynchus sulcatus, the Vine Weevil. Not an uncommon species up here, typically found sitting halfway up a whitewashed wall, as indeed this one was.
I figured I better just double-check I had the ID right. The key makes mention of the relative lengths and widths of various antennomeres so I needed to take a close look at the antennae. Easy, I'll take a quick photo and zoom in to check.
Little did I know that I was dealing with an Agent!
|Bullet dodging antennomeres!|
Well, that was unexpected. Had I, in fact, discovered the greater of two weevils, I wondered? Either way, this is my tenth species of beetle for the year. Don't worry, it'll pick up soon, I know it will.
Here's the original bullet dodging scene, if you aren't familiar with The Matrix I suggest you set aside a couple of hours tonight and remedy that straight away. Don't bother wasting your life watching the sequels though.
Hint: always aim for the legs