- This page contains information and pictures about Belid Beetles in family BELIDAE
found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- This is a small family very close related with the true weevil CURCULIONIDAE. Their 10-seggmented antenna is straight, not elbowed and not clubbed.
Their body is elongated and in cylindrical form, more or less parallel-sided. Likes the true weevils, their
rostrum is usually very long. Adults fly actively during the day.
- Adults and larvae are feed on plants. Their larvae are known to bore into stems and branches.
- This group of beetles is almost exclusively found in Australia. They also
known as the primitive weevils, as to distinguish them from the true weevils.
- Semi-punctated Belid Weevil
- Rhinotia semipunctata (Belus semipunctata), body length 15mm
- This beetle was found in a front yard in Yeerongpilly
in summer. It look like a true weevil family member but its antenna is straight
and not clubbed. We also found it in Karawatha Forest on Acacia during early
summer. More information and pictures can be found in this page.
- Sutural Belid Weevil
- Rhinotia suturalis (Belus suturalis), body length 20mm
- This weevil is reddish brown in colour with a white strip along the top of
the body. It drop onto the ground when disturbed. More pictures can be found
in this page.
- Brown Belid Weevil
- Rhinotia brunnea, body length 20mm
- We found this Belid Beetle early summer on Acacia leaf in Karawatha
This beetle is a very good flier. It filed high and disappeared after we took
the above photos. In mid summer we found the weevil again in rainforest near Mt Nebo.
More information please click on here.
- Redbacked Weevil, Red Weevil, Slender Red Weevil
- Rhinotia haemoptera, body length 20mm
- This is the Belid
Beetle that mimics Lycid Beetle.
The brick-red and black colours of of Lycid Beetle are a warning to predators
that the beetle is highly toxic and distasteful. Many other insects includes
this weevil, mimic its colours. This beetle can be found on different species of Acacia trees. They
are quite common in Brisbane Eucalypt forest. Please check this page
for more information.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 679.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p243.
- 3. Beetles
of Australia - Trevor J Hawkeswood, Angus & Robertson Publishers,
- 4. Belidae - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 2008.
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
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