Sometimes nature comes up with creatures so weird, you just have to be impressed. Today, we’ve #NatureDoodlewash hiked to Madagascar in search of the incredible giraffe weevil which wasn’t discovered until 2008. I was looking at beetles and then ran across a type called a weevil and I thought the name was cute. Next, I stumbled across this one and felt the urge to doodlewash it. Only the males have necks this long, but don’t let the size of this sketch fool you. Even with the giraffe neck these guys are tiny, with a total body length that’s just a smidge under an inch (2.5 cm).
Unlike giraffes, the long necks are not there to help it reach for food, but to beat the crap out of other male weevils in an aggressive attempt to get the girl weevil. To put it more bluntly, it’s basically evolved to be a weapon for getting laid. For her part, the female acts as a sort of referee for this ultimate battle before eventually mating with the declared champion. Apparently it’s rarely a fight to the death, though, because that would just be weird. After he succeeds, the long neck also comes in handy for helping to build the love nest. In time, the female lays a single egg on a leaf and rolls it up to protect her newborn and make sure it has food when it hatches.
I’ve no idea why I’m always attracted to such weird subject matter. I find nature fascinating not just for the creatures we all know and love, but for the ones we didn’t even know existed. It’s awesome to think about how many things we’ve yet to find out about our own planet. Somewhere at this very moment, there’s an undiscovered little creature out there who doesn’t know or care that we humans exist. He’s happily doing whatever it is he does each day blissfully ignorant of our curiosity. One day, he’ll find himself in the spotlight, but for now, that’s reserved for this tiny little giraffe weevil.
Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month!