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The Giraffe Weevil: Cute, Creepy, or Both?

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This bizarre beetle is native to Madagascar – in fact, it only lives in one particular kind of tree in that country – but we're not entirely convinced it's not the first wave of a really tiny alien invasion.
 
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Known by entomologists as Dichaetanthera arborea, the giraffe weevil obviously gets its nickname from the crazy long neck on the male of the species. He uses it as leverage to wrestle with other males, which seems to impress the ladies during mating season. These mating competitions look kinda like mini Kaiju monster battles, as you can see in this BBC video:
 
 
We should probably trust the experts when they say it's harmless to humans, but we're still not convinced this isn't actually a miniature bio-mechanical invader of some kind. We're not the only ones, either: this DIY model we discovered at LEGO fansite Rebrick plays up its strange robotic characteristics... although we'll admit it does look kinda friendly here.
 
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