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Snout Beetle Coleoptera "True" Weevil from Green River Fm. Colorado

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Snout Beetle Coleoptera "True" Weevil from Green River Fm. Colorado
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Curculionid (Snout Beetle)

Age : Eocene (48 Ma)
Formation : Parachute Creek Member / Green River Formation
Locality : Hawes Quarry, Rio Blanco, Colorado

Beetle : 0.4 x 0.4 cm

Snout beetles are recognized by their distinctive long snout and antennae with small clubs; beyond that, curculionids have considerable diversity of form and size, with adult lengths ranging from 0.04 to 1.57 in.

Weevils are almost entirely plant feeders, and most species are associated with a narrow range of hosts, in many cases only living on a single species. These belong to one of the largest beetle family groups, over 40,000 species are known from the group.
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The Green River Formation is famous worldwide for its fossil fish and other associated fauna (reptiles, birds, mammals, & plants). The Green River Fm. also provides us a rare snapshot glimpse into life 49 million years ago.

The preservation of the fossil insects in the Hawes Quarry are just spectacular, some good enough to allow not only identification to family and subfamily, but will sometimes show color patterns, wing venation, and sex-related characters.

This fossil specimen was collected by William Hawes, from his quarry, the Hawes Quarry, in Rio Blanco County, Colorado. The Hawes Quarry has produced some of the most amazingly beautiful insect fossils from the Green River Fm. and these represent the hand selected, choice picks, from Hawes years of collecting in the mountains of Colorado.

Specimen will come with an identification card.

Scientific Classification :
Kingdom:    Animalia
Phylum:    Arthropoda
Class:    Insecta
Order:    Coleoptera
Suborder:    Polyphaga
Family:    Curculionidae

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