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Weevil  - Sphenophorus compressirostris

Weevil - Sphenophorus compressirostris
Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Sarpy County, Nebraska, USA
June 17, 2009
Size: Approx. 1/2"
This weevil was photographed in moist soil next to a small lake. Any help with ID appreciated. Thanks!

Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE

Sphenophorus compressirostris Say Not really abnormal, but more often covered with an earthen secreted coating, making them appear more smooth, with alternate raised elytral intervals.

Sphenophorus compressirostris!
Thank you, Dr. O'Brien, for your help with the ID of this weevil. Is this a rare insect? I have been unable to find any other information or photos on the web.

Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE

a billbug
perhaps a victim of some developmental defects [unevenly hardened elytra]

Thanks for your quick response. Looking at the Guide I'm wondering if this could be Sphenophorus venatus.


Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE

don't think it's venatus...
but the genus is tough and i wouldn't venture to make a call based on an abnormal specimen

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