07.17.2021 Nature is not always cute

After yesterday’s frog sweetness this is quite a change. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there is a beauty to even the homeliest of creatures. You maybe see things differently.  πŸ™‚

Milkweed Stem Weevil-Rhyssomatus palmacollis

I have been surprised this year at just how many insects spend time on milkweed and there are more that use it as food than I realized. This one was hungrily chomping away.

Japanese Two-banded Weevil- Pseudocneorhinus bifasciatus

Maybe a little cuter when not eating?

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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24 Responses to 07.17.2021 Nature is not always cute

  1. You’re right, not cute πŸ˜‚. Interesting shots though. Not what I would view late evening though. πŸ˜‚

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  2. But maybe your frog sees this weevil as not at all homely.


  3. We have a similar beetle here, called the “dung beetle,” who finds feces, rolls portion of it into a ball, and rolls it home for future use, as food or breeding. He’s fascinating, because he navigates using the Milky Way. Not a pretty creature, but a fascinating one, for sure.

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    • I’ve seen videos of dung beetles at work. What Nature creates is amazing and in many cases well beyond any of our own capabilities. A dirty job but someone has to do it. There are myriad tiny creatures, fungi, bacteria, etc that break down the waste of others into useful products nurturing another myriad of organisms. Our own waste habit, plastics, seems to have a solution in fungi that has yet to be developed.


  4. Pretty homely cuss, but if it sticks to biting milkweed and not me, live & let live.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    Shirley Temple was cute, but who wants a steady diet of Shirley Temple? Stir in a little Sophia Loren or Angela Lansbury and you’ve got something. In the second photo, the critter looks a little tweedy, like a British gentleman.

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  6. Peter Klopp says:

    Not very cute, I agree. But Nature does not ask for our opinion.

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Yeah, well, it takes a bit of practice to see its charms. πŸ˜‰

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  8. Ann Mackay says:

    I tend to find weevils scary rather than cute – as I’m sure many gardeners do. (The vine weevil especially because it eats the roots of plants and kills them.)

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  9. Gallivanta says:

    They do have a homely look; like a well-worn doormat which is excellent in function if not in looks.

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    • One value of looks in Nature would be attracting a mate which is often how we humans pick ours. But in other ways looks often send a signal to a predator to leave me alone or you won’t like what you taste. One weevil to another probably sees a beauty that eludes us. Maybe something we don’t see in that nibbling snout really turns other weevils on. Or not.

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  10. Wow Steve! These may not be Cute, but are very “Interesting & Cool!”!!

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  11. Littlesundog says:

    We have various weevils here too, one of which destroys the pecan crop. Still, I appreciate the photos here – well done! There is a lot of interesting detail, and the camouflage ability of both these weevils is outstanding – well, just not so much on that vibrant green milkweed leaf!

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