Carausius morosus

Red Palm Weevil

Herbivore: Eats palm trees

Geography: Originally from tropical Asia, the red palm weevil has spread to Africa and Europe and North America

Habitat: Palm trees

Interesting facts:

  • They are very small, and usually do not exceed more than 6 mm.
  • They have two spurs on the femur of each leg
  • They are knowing for ruining plant crops as their eggs serve as a hatching and feeding ground for their newborns
  • Adult weevils have a large snout that is used to help play areas for their eggs
  • They range in color from red to brown to black
  • There are many different types of Weevil so they are grouped as primitive or true weevils
A close-up photo of a Red Palm Weevil, a type of beetle known for its elongated snout and red-brown exoskeleton. The weevil is shown resting on a tree trunk with its wings folded, and its segmented body and long antennae are visible.