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213. My Friend Turned Out To Be An Evil Killer

Apologies for the poor picture quality. Shooting macros in daylight is hard enough, doing it at night time is fantastically difficult. What follows is far more important than the picture though:

Last week whilst sitting outside a bar, this little fella came flying around. At first we thought it was a moth as it was ceaselessly drawn to the lights. After a while it must have stunned itself, because it was laying flat on its back unable to get up.

No worries though, because Animal Man was there to rescue it. So there I was, as happy as Larry; holding my new found friend, trying (and failing) to get a decent picture, whilst amazing and revolting in equal measure my family, the waitress and fellow diners & drinkers with my willingness to handle the beast.

If only I'd known what it was. On getting home I looked it up on on the interweb only to discover that the little critter, the Red Palm Weevil, is a new and unwelcome import to Portugal and several other countries. The problem with this evil weevil is that its larvae burrow into palm trees destroying them. It is a big problem in the area, not least because a pregnant female can produce 200 naughty weevil puppies in one go. So they can (and do) spread very quickly.

Here's the important bit. If you should ever find one of these critters, don't do what I did. You're more likely to risk damaging palm trees than you are to get a decent shot. You are not a latter day Steve Irwin any more than I am. You must crush the bug before it gets a chance to do any more damage.

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    • # Sara G

      It looks evil to me...off with it's head! And if that is your finger, you need to drink more WATER! :-))

      2010.08.10 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Agnes Felber

      Anything that has a nose like that could not be a harmless thing, obviously! I hate all bugs, especially if they are inside my house or eating my plants, outside! Either way, they need to go!

      2010.08.09 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ricardo

      hahaha
      I knew you were in Portugal!
      Last shot could ONLY be in Portugal!LOL
      and isn't cute this weevil? KILL THEM! I HATE THEM! gosh... thank god they are not in north(at least i've not seen them in north)... but they are crazy on south x_X

      superb shot!
      you did a great macro! of course it is good for the picture, but we must kill them lool :P:O

      2010.08.09 Edited Reply Cancel

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