Botany Bay weevil (Chrysolopus spectabilis)

I was out in the front garden pruning back my wattle trees (Acacia longifolia) when I came across this spectacular weevil. It was about 2.5cm (1″) in length.

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 I identified it by going to the CSIRO website and according to the ABC website it was one of the first Australian insects to be described from material collected by Joseph Banks (the botanist who voyaged with James Cook on the Endeavour) back in 1770. 

Although this weevil is quite beautiful they are considered a pest in the home garden as the adults eat new acacia growth and the grubs eat the roots.

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