Alice Springs Desert Park

ASDP InsectsASDP Ants ASDP Opisthopsis sp ASDP Bees Amegilla chlorocyanea Bee Braunsapis sp Exoneurella eremophila Bee Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) Mating Lasioglossum (Homalictus) ASDP Beetles Bush Cockroach (Ellipsidion humarale) Snout Beetle (Lixus) Transverse Ladybird ASDP Butterflies & Moths Banksia Moth – Caterpillar Caper White Butterfly Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus ssp sthenelus) Day Flying Moth / Mistletoe Moth Heliotrope Moth (Utetheisa pulchelloides) Noctuinae (Caterpillar) Processionary Caterpillar ASDP Diptera Bee Fly (Australiphthiria sp) Bee Fly (Ligyra cingulata) ASDP Hemiptera / Heteroptera Crusader Bug (Mictis profana) Ground Shield Bug ASDP Orthoptera ASDP Katydid (Taeniomenae) ASDP Wasps Potter Wasp Torymus Chalcid Wasp ASDP Tropidoderus gracilifemur

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The weevil pictured here is from the genus Lixus, family Curculionidae . This family are commonly called True Weevils or Snout Beetles. Here in Alice Springs they have been called Wattle Pigs, although this is also the common name for another genus Leptopius, subfamily Entiminae.

Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT

Within this group is the genus Lixus, which has about 950 described species.

Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT

The adult weevil have the elongation of the head to form a rostrum and modified and reduced mouth parts. Their antennae are usually clubbed and elbowed. All species in this genus are plant feeders.

This weevil pictured here feed on the flowers of various Acacias, so not sure what it is doing on the Poached Egg Daisy (Polycalymma stuartii), unless it was supping on the nectar in the flower.

Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT

The grubs are wood-borers. They’re usually in the roots or the bottom of the stem. You can eat them like witchetty grubs.

Arrernte people use the word ‘arrentye’ to refer to a range of creepy crawlies. It literally means ‘devil’.

Source: Alice Springs Desert Park signage
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Coleoptera
  • Suborder: Polyphaga
  • Superfamily: Curculionoidea
  • Family: Curculionidae
  • Subfamily: Molytinae
  • Tribe: Lixini
  • Genus: Lixus
  • Species:
    • Lixus albolineatus Lea, 1899
    • Lixus breweri Pascoe, 1874
    • Lixus cardui Olivier, 1807
    • Lixus immundus Boheman, 1859
    • Lixus imponderosus Lea, 1911
    • Lixus linearis Olivier, 1807
    • Lixus mastersii Pascoe, 1874
    • Lixus tasmanicus Germar, 1848

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks for ID to Tony Eales, member of Australasian Beetles Only, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1180404322409639
  2. Many thanks for ID to Andrew Parker, member of NT Field Naturalists’ Club Inc, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/ntfieldnaturalistsclub/
  3. Lixus Fabricius, 1801, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/df1ad94e-0ea3-4f23-97c6-c04d13fc0087
  4. Genus Lixus, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/71157-Lixus
  5. Genus Lixus, ausemade, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/189313196
  6. All Weevil (Curculionoidea) sightings, NatureMapr, https://canberra.naturemapr.org/categories/239

ASDP InsectsASDP Ants ASDP Opisthopsis sp ASDP Bees Amegilla chlorocyanea Bee Braunsapis sp Exoneurella eremophila Bee Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) Mating Lasioglossum (Homalictus) ASDP Beetles Bush Cockroach (Ellipsidion humarale) Snout Beetle (Lixus) Transverse Ladybird ASDP Butterflies & Moths Banksia Moth – Caterpillar Caper White Butterfly Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus ssp sthenelus) Day Flying Moth / Mistletoe Moth Heliotrope Moth (Utetheisa pulchelloides) Noctuinae (Caterpillar) Processionary Caterpillar ASDP Diptera Bee Fly (Australiphthiria sp) Bee Fly (Ligyra cingulata) ASDP Hemiptera / Heteroptera Crusader Bug (Mictis profana) Ground Shield Bug ASDP Orthoptera ASDP Katydid (Taeniomenae) ASDP Wasps Potter Wasp Torymus Chalcid Wasp ASDP Tropidoderus gracilifemur

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Alice Springs Desert ParkFauna Flora Nature Theatre Nocturnal House