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Cionus tuberculosus - Cocoon  Cionini,Cionus,Cionus tuberculosus,Cocoon,Curculionidae,Curculioninae,Weevil Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Can it get any weirder? Posted 9 months ago
    1. Do you know the cocoons that some Hypera make? A genuine "golden cage" :o) ... None on the site yet it would seem, so I'll dig some up... Posted 9 months ago
      1. Looking forward to see this! Posted 9 months ago
        1. There yah go :o)

          Hypera rumicis - Cocoons with pupae inside Here are some of the beetles that emerged:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/71585/hypera_rumicis_-_imagos_from_cocoons.html<br />
The weevils in the the subfamily Hyperinae are untypical for weevils in their development as the larvae are free living on the host plant's surface, much like most butterfly caterpillars. Most weevils develop underground or internally in the plant. The larvae also look a little bit like caterpillars. When these are ready to pupate they will create a cocoon made of secretions and pupate inside of it. The cocoons can be quite different in appearance and substance between species.<br />
For example, here is the cocoon rest of Hypera arator:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/71599/hypera_arator_-_cocoon.html Cocoon,Curculionidae,Hypera,Hypera rumicis,Hyperinae,Pupae,rumicis

          quite oldish set of images, but hey ...
          Posted 9 months ago, modified 9 months ago
          1. Beautiful! Posted 9 months ago

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Cionus tuberculosus is one of the small species of weevils in the tribe Cionini that have free living larvae on the plant's surface which are covered in slime for protection and create little cocoons of larval secretion.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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By Pudding4brains

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Uploaded Dec 24, 2018.