The Acorn Weevil is a brown beetle with a long nose or 'snout' that is often compared to an elephant's trunk. It has mottled coloring where flecks of yellow and black mix with brown on the slightly ridged wing coverings. As its name suggests, this beetle has a close relationship with acorns, the seeds of oak trees. Each weevil egg is laid in a young acorn well before it hardens into the familiar brown nut that epitomizes autumn. Because the weevil attacks acorns and not the tree itself, it is not considered harmful to the tree's health. The weevil can reduce the number of viable acorns, thereby shrinking the number that can grow to become trees, but this is typically of low concern in areas where oaks are already established.
The Acorn Weevil is also known by the name(s) of: Nut Weevil.
The Acorn Weevil is typically 0.1 inches to 0.3 inches (4mm to 10mm) in size and has the following descriptors / identifiers: brown; black; fuzzy; flying; wings; hard; trunk; nose; snout.
Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in blue) the states and territories of North America where the Acorn Weevil may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.