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Little Weevil - Hormops abducens

Little Weevil - Hormops abducens
Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
April 21, 2011
Small beetle attracted to my patio light

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very cool! BG's second live photo ever
the first one was posted yesterday ))

Moved from Snout and Bark Beetles.

 
Very cool!
I wonder how they're so elusive?

 
99% of beetle species are 'so elusive'
most live in various cryptic habitats, nooks and crannies, and don't bother coming to lights ever. great many are active at night, and you have to take a flashlight, go to the woods, and carefully examine tree bark, stumps and fungi that look devoid of life during daytime. briefly, you have to go after them and look in various places or use a variety of traps, baits, and extracting techniques. in some spots a patiently sifted handful of rotting leaves may yield dozens of beetle spp. [often in numbers] you won't see anywhere else. on great many occasions, we still have no idea why this or that beetle occurs under this particular tree but not under hundreds of others on the same patch of land where conditions look the same to us

 
Interesting to know -
Amazing to think that means I'm only getting a small segment of the local inhabitants by taking most of my photos at the light, and yet I have documented hundreds of nighttime visitors there.

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