Classification: | Kingdom: Animalia | Phylum: Arthropoda | Class: Insecta | Order: Coleoptera | Family: Attelabidae | Genus: Paracycnotrachelus |
The Weevil was at work cutting up a young leaf on a Mango Tree (Mangifera indica) to build its nest when I spotted it. This particular one should be a female. The male has a much longer neck.
As I did not stay and watch it complete building its nest, I went back 2 weeks later to inspect its work. There were at least 6 nests.
The lone beetle below is darker than the one above. It was found on the Indonesian Bay Leaf tree (Syzygium polyanthum). The leaf that it was residing on was cut, which I assumed was the work of this beetle. On the same tree was a rolled up leaf which was likely to be the nest of such beetles.