White Weevil

Common Name: White Weevil

Order Name: Coleoptera

Family Name: Curculionidae

This striking white weevil posed for us at the side of a trail leading to a remote village in Sulawesi. Weevils are also called snout beetles; characterized by their elongated region in front of their eyes. Larvae of these beetles are usually shaped like the letter “C” and are pale to white in color and lack legs. Maybe you have heard the expression, “weevils wobble but they don’t fall down. In 1915, cotton crops in Enterprise, Alabama were devastated by seed infected by the Boll Weevil which forced them to diversify. In honor of this ultimately fortuitous change in planting, the town erected a “statue of liberty” type lady with a large Boll Weevil perched on her head.