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Beetle again. - Otiorhynchus sulcatus

Beetle again. - Otiorhynchus sulcatus
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
June 23, 2005
Didn't have any response to an earlier post, just thought it may have got lost in the rush lately. It was black, although the back was a light shade, maybe a grey. ID would be nice to have. Hope someone knows what it is. Thanks.

O. sulcatus
Based on the illustrations in the French web site, and distributions in "Checklist of the Beetles of North and Central America and the West Indies" the only species this can be is O. sulcatus. This should be moved to that guide page.

Weevil ID
Thanks Terry for the ID

How about moving it?
If nobody ID'ed it may be you should move it to the weevils page. If an expert ever comes around, that is where he will look. Also if it is the very same image send one of them to frass.
I also posted several weevils in ID request and got no response so I moved them there.

It is not the same image and I thank you both for the info.

Chances are that *nobody* will offer species ID. I've posted a lot of species images, with probably only half identified. I don't know how many weevil experts visit this site, and it's a huge family of beetles -- too much for one person to have full knowledge of.

I hear it's impolite to re-post images, so I don't do it.

"Nobody" here:-)
Ok, I'll go out on a limb and say it is a root weevil in the genus Otiorhynchus, probably the "black vine weevil," O. sulcatus. Not a big leap, really, they are among the most common of weevils in the Pacific Northwest.

I'm glad you were up for some limb crawling Eric. It was a decent photo.

Say Kildale, what is it you do with the IDs? Do you have a physical insect collection or is it all digital images? Just curious.

Photo use.
Hi Jim. I have a couple of web sites, one is 'The Nature of British Columbia' I have the birds and the flowers and the mamals and thought I should add a few insects etc. Also I have a site where I use the images, although this last couple of days I haven't had time to add the recent ones. If interested this is the url.

Very nice!
Why not modify your bugguide profile to include links to the two sites you mention. It would help boost traffic to those sites.

Web pages
Hi Jim. I have added one site. I don't move around bug guide very much, basically I just use the ID Request. Not sure what I can do and not supposed to do, but I do enjoy the site. This is the BC site.

Now here's why I asked: You have asked for IDs many times, always brief but polite requests. But you never ID something for someone else, at least not that I've noticed. In other words, there's no reciprocation that would make someone feel motivated to help you with IDs. True, the images you send are a contribution to the site, but I thought if other users could get a little more from you, such as a vision of what you want all these IDs for, it would make them (and me)feel more like spending the time thumbing through insect reference books or searching the Internet for images to supply you with scientific names.

Speaking for myself, now that I know what you are attempting to do with all these IDs, I will feel like any efforts I make are more worthwhile. (My help will probably never be supplying species-level ID, since I have no reference materials for insects in your region. But I can usually say what order and sometimes what family something is in.)

I try to view all the "Recent" postings so I can see what others are contributing. I often learn IDs in the process, since most have scientific names already on them.

Another idea: Why not revise your profile to include your real name? That way your photos are more useful as scientific records. A word or two about what the insect was doing would also be great if it's not obvious from the photo. Did it make an unusual sound, produce an unusual smell, show up at an unusual location, etc.? Insects often have interesting stories that others would enjoy reading.

I will keep your comments and
I will keep your comments and do what I can but I don't think I can ID anything for anyone, actually I did ID an Anise butterfly. But for insects, I have only been looking at them in my own garden for less than A year. Wildflowers I would gladly help with ID'ing them. I bought a field guide book for insects etc, but I can never find any that I take. I didn't like to say a lot about the insect, I'm not even sure about all the genus, species, family , sub family etc. I just want to give people a chance to see some of the insects, spiders etc. To do that I ask here for some info on them. If I'm not living up to what is expected of me and offending people, I can quit I suppose.

No, keep submitting.
Not everyone is an expert. I've only been interested for two years now. But I figured there was a story about why you wanted so many insect IDs, and if we knew what it was, we'd appreciate helping out more. As you gain more knowledge, you'll be able to comment constructively on others' postings.

Web site
Hi Jim. I am working on another site I'm planning on doing it like this url here. Many of the images are already done but I'm busy taking photos and can't really keep up with putting them in the sites. I would like to add info on the image page, perhaps mentioned who ID'd it. This I would insert in the section that says Photographs by DD. It may take a while, at this time I'm putting them in this site, just as a record of sightings. These are all the species taken this year in our garden.

Nice pix on your site
Yes, any site you create on a related topic you should have a link here.

I know what you mean about the time. I take my camera to work with me every day and an empty pill vial in my pocket. I can't usually take time from my job to photograph some bug I spot on a wall or plant, so I pop it into my pill vial and transfer it to an empty jar in a cooler in my vehicle later. By the end of a day on which I did not go out searching for insects, I'm likely to have 3 or 4 in my jar. However, I often stop on my way home to investigate roadside attractions: fields, blooming shrubs, rotting logs, etc. That often produces a hundred or more images on my camera and a jar teeming with beetles. Then several nights a week this time of year I run my UV lights with moth sheet till midnight or later. Consequently, I've got hundreds of beetles waiting to be photographed, hundreds of pix waiting to be compared and selected, cropped, adjusted, re-sized and labeled and then posted on this Web site. I get about 4 hours'sleep on average!

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