Beetles is the largest order of the animal kingdom and a common site throughout the state of Tennessee, particularly in the summer months. Around 25,000 species are recognized in North America alone. They are resilient creatures, able to make a home in most any environment, from deserts to forests. They are identified by their hardened bodies either with a dull or shiny finish. They are an essential part of the natural ecosystem in that species feed on other insects, animal remains, and plants. Bodies of beetles typically showcase three separate sections - the head, pronotum, and abdomen. Over the abdomen rests wings which are covered over by the elytron, a hardened shroud. Notable beetle types include Lady Beetles (Lady Bugs), the imposing Stag Beetles, and the common black Ground Beetle.
Common Name: "Acorn Weevil"
Other Names: "Nut Weevil"
Scientific Name: Conotrachelus posticatus
TAXONOMIC BREAKDOWN: The Taxonomic Breakdown is the scientific way to categorize a partocular insect species from its largest group (Animalia) to its smallest (variable). The Genus and Species categorizations taken together make up the species' scientific name shown above, in this case Conotrachelus posticatus.
Garden Pest: Known to be destructive of garden plants.
Harmful: Known to be harmful in one way or another.
Pest: Generally considered a pest to humans.
Small / Tiny: Noticeably small to the naked eye.
Spotted Pattern: Noted for spots or spotted pattern.
Winged: Has wings to hop or fly over distance.
The Acorn Weevil is also known by these other names:
The Acorn Weevil has been identified by site users by the following descriptors:
fuzzy   eyes   ribbed   spotted   flying   snout   trunk   crawling   winged   vegetation   garden   tree pest   small   harmful
The general likelihood of encountering this insect based on a given month of the year in the state of Tennessee. Generally, the best sighting months are June through August with peak occurring in July.
Below is a representation of the 'smallest-small' and 'largest-large' sizes commonly associated with the Acorn Weevil. Due to monitor differences, sizes may not be exact on your particular screen. Conversions to millimeters are provided for convenience.
0.16 inches (4 mm)
0.39 inches (10 mm)
It has a typical diet of the following: acorns.
Below you will find the colors most commonly associated with the Acorn Weevil. Both Primary and Secondary colors are represented in the showcase. Due to monitor differences, colors may not be exact representations.
The Acorn Weevil can be found in the following Tennessee counties:
The BugsOfTennessee.com logo, its written content, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and is protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. The material presented across this site is for entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for scientific research or medical advice (insect bites, etc...) Please consult licensed, degreed professionals for such information.