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Primitive Weevil - Curculio proboscideus

Primitive Weevil - Curculio proboscideus
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
September 24, 2005
Found this one on Oak. It drops to the ground and plays dead when disturbed. My Peterson Field Guide would ID this as Family Brentidae, Genus Curculio. Is that right?

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Moved
Moved from Nut and Acorn Weevils. Thanks for the ID. This is one of my favorites.

Curculio proboscideus Fabricius, 1775
(i strongly suspect)

Curculio elephas?
I looks a lot like this image... elephas

 
verrrry long snout!
I've had several curculio species visit my UV lights when they're set up under oak trees, but none has had a snout more than half this long in proportion to its body.

 
Sexual dimorphism.
Females of Curculio spp. have much longer snouts than males, the better to bore to the heart of an acorn. Snout length also varies by species, of course, but this is definitely a female.

I don't think so.
The inclusion of the drawing on the same page as the Brentids in the Peterson Guide to beetles is confusing, but there are other snout beetles on the same page as well.