Birders – Plum Island, MA

Eastern Toad

Giraffe Weevil

Giraffe-necked Weevil

Giraffe Weevils live only in Madagascar, and are highly sought after by insect collectors.  They spend their lives consuming leaves of the aptly named Giraffe Beetle Tree, showing no interest in other tree species.  They have no specific predators, and do not bite or sting when handled.

The long necks of the male Giraffe Weevil are used in fighting for mates and territorial dominance.  Females have shorter necks.  After mating, a single egg is deposited on a leaf, which is then rolled up like a cigar and snipped off the tree by the female.  On the ground, the leaf provides shelter and food for the developing weevil larvae.

 

Hermit Beetle

June Beetle

Hermit Beetles are also known as ‘Russian Leather Beetles’, because the smell they release when disturbed is similar to the scent of Russian Leather fragrance.  At first glance they look like black June Beetles.  Some people enjoy keeping them as pets, and they are very docile when handled.  In the wild, they live as grubs for the first three or four years of their lives, usually in rotting oak trees.  Once they pupate into adult beetles however, their typical life expectancy is less than a year.

 

Rosy Maple Moth

Rosy Maple Moth

Burying Beetles – Rhode Island

Burrowing Beetles

Anole – Puerto Rico

Anole