Merhynchites bicolor - Rose Curculio
Attelabidae: Rhynchitinae
Northern Sierra Nevada, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

A rose curculio resting on a host plant.  These beetles can cause damage to rose flowers by feeding on the buds.  

USA, CA, Nevada Co.: Sagehen Creek Field Station., 39º26'N 120º14'W, 1900m
On rose bushes, in riparian lodgepole pine forest.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.