Twas few nights after Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring except for a weevil, an EVIL WEEVIL! I’m still in the beginning stages of researching this Sri Lanka Weevil (Myllocerus undatus)… at least that’s what I think it is. It could be a Little Leaf Notcher Weevil (Artipus floridanus), which is native to Florida and looks, for all intents and purposes, EXACTLY the same. Whichever it is, they are stirring and
notching stripping the leaves from the plants in our yard. One of the common posts I’ve come across on the interweb says you should be killing them every day! Apparently this means war. You know, a lot of folks throughout history have made a swift transition from Christmas to war. Here’s a look at the enemy…
This is the Sri Lanka Weevil with it’s “distinguishing” characteristics: a relatively yellowish head, relatively large eyes and the heel spur on it’s back legs. Below is the native Floridian, a Leaf Notcher Weevil, in all it’s white headed, beady-eyed, spur-less glory. To be clear, I don’t actually believe either of these weevils to be evil; their symbiosis is just… unbalanced.(sound familiar)
I’m currently sculpting this adorable little guy, like, 50 times larger! Whoa! That’s right, this sculpture’s going to be almost… 3 inches long! The real Sri Lanka Weevil can get almost as large as a pea. It really is a shame they’re such pests since they are seriously cute little critters to watch. Because they aren’t strong flyers, if you approach one chances are good it’ll just slowly continue on its merry way at a sloth-like pace. But to be completely fair, I’ve never actually caught one in the act of eating or flying.
Cute… possibly too cute. These weevils are a type of mini-beetle and include over 60,000 species with such diversity, that even today it’s taxonomy (scientific classification) regularly changes. Below are pictures of the one from our yard and it’s so small, I still can’t see well enough to tell for sure which type it is…
…I don’t know… I think I’m sticking with “Sri Lanka Weevil“. What do you think? In any case, I’ve almost completed sculpting the body and head and plan to get to the legs… soon enough.
While preparing the armature (copper-wire and foil) for this sculpture, I made sure to leave the wires for the legs extra-long. Unlike other bugs I’ve sculpted, I decided early on that I would detail and bake the body of this weevil before beginning work on the legs.
Drop me a line if you have any suggestions, comments or questions about my techniques I’ll gladly share what I know. Be sure to check out the updates to last weeks post. Please have a safe and happy new year celebration.