Illustration of Rice weevil
Illustration by EH Zeck.
This is an illustration of Rice weevil Sitophilus oryzae (Linnaeus) (Coleoptera:Curculionidae)
Order reference: rice-weevil
As with other species of Sitophilus, this species of weevil is a pest of stored grain, in this case, primarily of rice. Zeck shows in this painting, however, that the species can also be found feeding in stored corn and wheat. The small size of the beetle is evident from the background image which has adult beetles with rice grains. The detail in the magnified section is superb given the size of the insect and its legless larvae.