Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Desert Weevil

Leptopius sp.Found this good-sized weevil clinging to a shrub recently on a quick trip to the red centre. It was just on daybreak (cold!) near Uluru.

After having a couple of photos taken of it, the weevil decided it didn't like the camera, and opened its legs up and dropped into a spinifex clump below.

Edit 24-08-06: Martyn Robinson from the Australian Museum tells me this looks to him like a species of Leptopius, the so called 'Wattle Pigs'. Thanks Martyn.

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