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Acrylic on illustration board 5 x 8
Well over 40,000 species of beetles make up the weevil family, Curculionidae. These small, beaked insects include some of the planets most important agricultural pests. Weevils are typically inconspicuous, but the two New Guinean genera Gymnopholus and Eupholus include some of the most beautifully colored members of the insect class. This montane species, E. bennetti, at an inch in length, is surely one of the largest and most stunning of all weevils.