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Botany Bay diamond weevil Native to this country in the south-east, taking the title of &#039;first insect from Australia&#039;, after being collected by Sir Joseph Banks when Captain Cook&rsquo;s expedition landed in Botany Bay in 1770, then recorded officially in 1775 by Danish entomologist Johan Fabricius.<br />
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It is a lovely looking insect whose colour is predominantly black with patches of metallic blue or green scales. Both immature and adult stages live on just 28 of our 1000 Acacia species. The larvae form tunnels in the trunk and roots of the plant.<br />
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N.B. not captive, seen making its way across a garden patio.<br />
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25 mm body length, perhaps female as they are the larger size. Australia,Botany Bay diamond weevil,Botany Bay weevil,Chrysolopus spectabilis,Coleoptera,Curculionidae,Geotagged,Spring,arthropod,fauna,insect,invertebrate,macro,new south wales Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Botany Bay diamond weevil

Native to this country in the south-east, taking the title of 'first insect from Australia', after being collected by Sir Joseph Banks when Captain Cook’s expedition landed in Botany Bay in 1770, then recorded officially in 1775 by Danish entomologist Johan Fabricius.

It is a lovely looking insect whose colour is predominantly black with patches of metallic blue or green scales. Both immature and adult stages live on just 28 of our 1000 Acacia species. The larvae form tunnels in the trunk and roots of the plant.

N.B. not captive, seen making its way across a garden patio.

25 mm body length, perhaps female as they are the larger size.

    comments (7)

  1. That's an amazing photo Ruth! I really enjoyed the little bit of history you included there as well! Posted 3 months ago
    1. Wonderful, glad you enjoyed and thank you. Posted 3 months ago
  2. Black and Jade. Magnificent capture Ruth. Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thanks Niel! Posted 3 months ago
  3. Gorgeous beetle, supremely well captured. Posted 3 months ago
    1. Very kind, thank you Ferdy. Posted 3 months ago
  4. Great detail and fabulous detail Ruth! Posted 3 months ago

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''Chrysolopus spectabilis'' is a species of weevil found in south-eastern Australia. It is up to 25 mm long, with metallic green patterns on a black background. It is a specialist, only known from 28 species of ''Acacia''.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded May 31, 2021. Captured Nov 27, 2020 12:28 in 59 Merewether St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/14.0
  • 10/1600s
  • ISO250
  • 105mm