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Giraffe Weevil

Giraffe Weevil
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-28 16:44
Viewed: 15059
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Giraffe Weevil, Lasiorynchus barbicornis [subfamily:Brentinae] is New Zealands longest and strangest looking beetle.This particular specimen is a female...on the male, the 'snout' is longer than the entire body and long antennae at the very tip make it look very comical indeed.
The females bore into rotting logs to lay eggs (October to March) and the grubs remain there for up to two years, feeding on fungi and yeasts on the decaying wood. The hole the adult leaves as it emerges is not round, but perfectly square! The males, which can grow to nearly 10cms, fight with their snouts when competing for territory. The adult lives for only two weeks...and it can fly!
The Maori name is also the name of a Maori god of a newly made canoe, Tuwhaipapa.

[I have just returned from a three day camping trip,with Jan and the kids,on the Awaroa River,a very secluded spot in the hills of the North Island west coast (south of Pirongia). I managed to get a few really good shots while I was there, and look forward to sharing some of these over the next few days.]

Lesley, azulu, willie, Janice, theLizardMan, extramundi, PDP, gerhardt, Luc, sandpiper2 has marked this note useful
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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-01-28 19:40]

WOW...that is one really ugly, but really cool looking insect. Good shot!

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-01-28 19:53]

Good shot Steve. Good composition whith nice colours and sharpness. Good job. As said Lesley this is an ugly insect. Very interesting.



First time I heard of or seen this guy. Interesting. Nice shot by the way Steve, Good to see you post again.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-29 4:27]

Good macro shot of this Giraffe Weevil, which I have never heard of Steve. Interesting notes too.
You should have had good camping weather - just as well you're not out tenting now - the tent would blow away. Kia ora.

cool bug steve . glad to see your out having fun with jan and the kids cant wait to see the new photos.. have to catch up...G

Great macro Steve.
Nice to have you back again and you sounds happy.
I have never seen or heard of this ugly beetle before.
Good composition, details and colours.
Welld done.

Impresive shot Steve, good details and POV.
Well done

Hi Steve. You were in the right distance this time, you got a very good shot considering that F:2.8 1/40 handheld. The photo is very strong and the bug is big and detailed, just how I like them :D
Thanks for bringing this images with you :-) PTS tomorrow.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-01-31 6:18]

Very interesting Steve, you realise now that you have mentioned the male that I will want to see one ASAP. It's a very good shot for F2.8 and 1/40 s. Well done.

WOW! Steve now this is an impressive capture. Great macro shot of this critter. Impressive details and DOF for F2.8. I love the weird bugs. Thanx for showing me this one. Great shot!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-02 10:28]

Incredible, Steve. A great shot. This beetle is really something. It seems you did a great camping trip.

Very impressive beetle, don't know how I missed this one when you posted it, thanks for mentioning it. Very nice composition and DOF on the moss-covered log. TFS.

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