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The giraffe weevil - Trachelophorus giraffa The most interesting creature during my trip to Madagascar.<br />
I had seen so many photo&#039;s of this insect but I was surprised to see how small it really is. Andasibe NP,Animalia,Arthropoda,Attelabidae,Coleoptera,Curculionoidea,Geotagged,Giraffe Beetle,Isencta,Madagascar,Trachelophorus,Trachelophorus giraffa Click/tap to enlarge

The giraffe weevil - Trachelophorus giraffa

The most interesting creature during my trip to Madagascar.
I had seen so many photo's of this insect but I was surprised to see how small it really is.

    comments (4)

  1. I can imagine the surprise, this one really begs for a macro lens. Nevertheless, I love this overview shot showing the habitat. Did it rain on this day? I'm surprised you found it in Andasibe, was expecting Ranomafana :) Posted 6 years ago
    1. Yup, I had would love to have my macro lens on that time, but it was really almost impossible.
      We were really running through the park, there so much to see that I was too excited.
      But I'm very happy with the result from my telelens here :)
      Posted 6 years ago
      1. You should be, it's a great shot of a remarkable creature! Posted 6 years ago
  2. That one is on my list, unfortunately it's to far from my back door, well done Wendy. Posted one year ago

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The giraffe weevil is a weevil endemic to Madagascar. It derives its name from an extended neck much like that of the common giraffe. The giraffe weevil is sexually dimorphic, with the neck of the male typically being 2 to 3 times the length of that of the female. Most of the body is black with distinctive red elytra covering the flying wings. The total body length of the males is just under an inch , among the longest for any attelabid species. The extended neck is an adaptation that assists in.. more

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Uploaded Mar 12, 2015. Captured in Perinet II, Madagascar.