When you hear weevil do you think YUCK?

Well hold on a second! How about this little weevil? Meet the spectacular Schönherr’s blue, a shiny, multi-colored weevil found in New Guinea:

Image: Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay

Udo Schmidt from Deutschland, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Image: Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay

We told you it was a beauty!

This is where the Schönherr’s blue weevil lives:

New Guinea is a large island located off the north coast of Australia:

By Rei-artur CC BY-SA 2.5 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

Some weevil facts

  • Weevils are a very large group of beetles. There are over 80,000 species of true weevils belonging to the Curculionidae family.
  • Weevils have long snouts.
  • Weevils are herbivores that feed on plant matter.
  • Weevils can sometimes be a pest. Some species like to munch on our crops. Some weevils raid the flour or rice in our pantry.

Color in your own Schönherr’s blue!

Want to learn more?

Go on a fact-finding mission! Do some research about weevils. Are there any weevil species where you live? Create a poster to go with your Schönherr’s blue coloring page. Share with family, friends, and classmates!