- Location Australia
- Product Code: IC010
- Availability: In Stock
Location: Elliston, South Australia.
Measures: 5,2 cm x 3 cm
Sand or gravel nodule containing the pupa or chrysalis of the Leptopius weevil.
The adult beetle feeds mainly on acacia leaves. The
female lays her eggs in the leaves of the tree, when the eggs hatch, the larva
descends to the base of the tree, there it lives underground feeding on the
roots or underground stems. When fully developed it prepares to pupate by
making a chamber, or cocoon, where the beetle's change from larva to adult can
be experienced. However, instead of spinning a cocoon, the larvae makes a cell
in the earth by tamping the soil around it to form a hard wall, perhaps exuding
a secretion that causes the earth or sand to form a whole like concrete. The
larva enters the pupal stage, which lasts for a few months. The new adult then
makes its way through the wall to the surface and climbs a tree ...