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Copyright: Albert Herbigneaux (albert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, Nikon 105mm F2.8 "G" ED/IF VR macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 4, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-10 3:34
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The giraffe weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa) is a weevil endemic to Madagascar. It derives its name from an extended neck much like that of the common giraffe. The giraffe weevil is sexually dimorphic, with the neck of the male typically being 2 to 3 times that of the female. Most of the body is black with distinctive red elytra covering the flying wings. The total body length of the males is just under an inch (2.5 cm), among the longest for any Attelabid species. The extended neck is an adaptation that assists in nest building. When it comes time to breed the father-to-be will roll and secure a leaf of the host plant, Dichaetanthera cordifolia (a small tree in the family Melastomataceae), at which point the female will lay a single egg within the tube.
They may be found in a number of mid-altitude rainforest reserves, but they are common. in Mantadia and Ranomafana NPs,
(c) Wikipedia

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-10 3:38]

Hello Albert,
This is a first one for me and sure this one does look like a giraffe trudging uop its way...love the sharpness and PoV that truly gives it the look of a giraffe.
TFS & Cheers

Albert, I have heard about the fame of Madagascar as a wild life rich country.
Never thought one would have even a Weevil that looks like a giraffe!
Fantastic macro shot of this stunningly beautiful creature.
I am sure this is the first post of this Weevil on TN.
The image is as perfect as perfect can be.
Thanks and warm regards.
Looking forward to more images from your trip.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-10 3:42]

Hello Albert,
A superb macro of the Giraffe Weevil with excellent sharpness and tjust the right DOF to allowit to be well seen against the OOF leaf BG. The reason for its name is very obvious when seen from this fine POV.
TFS sharing this beauty,

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-10-10 7:16]

i never dreamt that an insect like this exist on earth. this is a wonder of nature.

thanks for sharing

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-10 8:10]

hi albert,
good to see something like this, well captured. your notes about this giraffe weevil is informative. what a wonderful insect. tfs.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-10 8:12]

Hi Albert
Nice shot in very truth this is a wonder of nature.
Regards Jiri.

hi Albert,
Nature has really ten hundred faces
amazing species..
compliments sERGIO

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-11 5:13]

Bonjour Albert,
Que voilà une créature bien spéciale! Vraiment intéressant de voir des espèces endémiques et en plus aussi étonnantes que ce Trachelophorus giraffa. Cela me fait encore plus envie d'aller à Madagascar.
Bravo pour cet envoi très original

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-12 9:41]

Hello Albert,
Whatever wildlife comes from Madagascar it is so special! This is incredible - a Giraffe Weevil!! What an incredible insect and so well captured by you here! Excellent focus and very sharp details and beautiful colours of this strange insect. Superb macro photography!!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Albert

What a bizarre looking insect!, isn't nature amazing.
An amazing capture, even if they are common.
Good POV and sharpness. TFS


salut Albert

en lisant le titre de ton image et en regardant l'image
je croyais que tu disais giraffe de cet insecte car il a une
ressemblance par ses pattes et son long coup au giraffe mamiffère,
en lisant tes notes je vois que réellement dans son nom
il y a le mot giraffe, alors on en apprend à chaque jour dans TN,

excellente image de cet insect avec un superbe POV et DOV,
belle luminosité, excellente netteté et détails, TFS


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-21 9:22]

Bonjour Albert! Sujet fantastique photographié avec précision et grand talent! Bravo et merci.


Ohhhh:) what a spectacular and superb macro capture of this strange shaped weevil. It realy resembles a giraffe MF. Lovely one...
TFS this fine macro and cheers,

hello Albert
this is a SUPER Macro picture
Great details and beautiful colours with super sharpness
greeting lou

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