Rose Weevil or Rose Curculio
Merhynchites

rose weevil
I was shocked to glance down and see a red weevil on a wild rose in the Jordanelle Dam wetlands.
I didn't know they came in red.  I got two successful shots of this destructive red demon and then it took off.


weevil on wild rose
The weevil lays eggs in the flower itself and when the larvae develop, they attack the reproductive parts of the rose. 
With that long "beak" on the adult, I'm sure it wreaks its own kind of havoc.  You can read a little more about these
if you follow this link and do a page search for "rose curculio".  © Carol Davis, 6-27-2010

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