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A beetle to ID - Otiorhynchus sulcatus

A beetle to ID - Otiorhynchus sulcatus
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
September 7, 2004
A small black beetle that was on a down pipe near plants etc. Would appreciate knowing what kind it is.

Black vine weevil
Let's see if I can spell:-) Otiorhynchus sulcatus, the black vine weevil. Fine portrait that shows the pebbly texture of this flightless beetle.

They cannot fly but...
... my word, can they walk. We even find them up in the attic. They have invaded our neighborhood about two years ago and they seem to be everywhere. The beetles are mostly active during the night and when sun is about to rise they look for dark placed to spend the day. One morning last year there were more than 30 on the driveway after my wife left for work with the car. And I know for certain that some of our garden plants have suffered because of them and some have died. When trying to replant some Geum about half the root system had gone and there were some white grubs. I reared them, to confirm my suspicion that the black vine weevil was reponsible, and I was proven right (alas).


Once again I thank you Eric. Everything I have posted has been in the garden.

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