5758 Hello, I have been finding 2-3 of these a month in my (finished) basement in Calgary Alberta, year round. They are often dead when I find them. They move slowly and have a strong shell. The largest was nearly 1 cm long but almost always they are around 7-8mm. I think they are ‘Weevils’ but they don’t have the long snout that all other weevils seem to have. If you could help me identify them I would be very grateful. Tips for getting rid of them would also be good. We don’t have any food downstairs, and I’ve never seen one anywhere near our kitchen. Best, Rob
This is a broad-nose/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). It might be a black vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus – see http://tinyurl.com/zjc5mfg for an image. These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.