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Weevils are beetles belonging in the insect Superfamily Curculionoidea. True weevils are classified under the insect Family Curculionoidea. Weevils have over 60,000 species in other families.

These insects are less than one-fourth of an inch and are herbivores. They are also called snout beetles because of their head shape.

Weevils can destroy crops. The weevil Sitophilus granaries (wheat or grain weevil) and the Anthonomus grandis (ball weevil) dasmages and attacks stored grains and cotton crops, respectively. The latter weevil species lay their eggs in unripe cotton balls then eat their way out. A genus of the American weevil is the Zyzzyva weevil.

Aside from damaging crops, weevils are edible as well. It is perhaps the most treasured insect that is edible in the world. In the New World, R. cruentatus and R. palmarum larvae are eaten in the societies as well as other members of their Order. The sago grub or R. ferrugineus (feeds on palm trees) was a native specialty in Papua New Guinea and was then imported to other countries like the Middle East and Spain.

At first disgusted by the weevil’s appearance, Americans have come to enjoy the exotic taste of weevils.

A narrative of how weevils were discovered by Proyancher in the Carribean during the 1890s:

While in Port of Spain, Trinidad in May 1888, we stopped by Laventille [now a poor section of the city] one morning in the company of some Dominican fathers.. Walking along a street that skirts the hill, we came upon a black man splitting a wooden log with his hatchet, and near him a little girl holding a teacup. 'This man is looking for palm grubs,' one of the fathers told us. 'Let us stop a moment if you would like to see them.' On approaching, we saw that the log was in fact the trunk of a palm, probably a coconut palm. It was about four or five feet long and in an advanced state of decomposition. Every blow of the hatchet exposed seven or eight big, very plump grubs, each about three inches long, which the little girl was eagerly gathering into the cup. These larvae were truly handsome animals, of a lovely yellowish white and with six dainty feet near the front end. 'And do the black people eat these grubs?' we asked. 'Oh no,' we were told, 'this food is too precious for the poor. They collect them for sale to the English gourmets, who relish them.' 'What price do they fetch?' 'A small cup such as you see there usually goes for a 'gourde', $1.' We estimated that this trunk would furnish at least two such cups of grubs. These grubs are . . . [the larva of a curculionid beetle, Calandra palmarum Fabr.].
Calandra, as mentioned in the above narrative, is a primitive classification for the Rhynchophorus cruentatus Fabricius or the palmetto weevil.

 
 
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