Mononychus pseudacori Schoenherr, 1825 ♂♀ ♥
Meise, BRABANT ● Belgium
About the shots: We can see a couple of Mononychus pseudacori on Orchid flowers Dactylorhiza fuchsii - not their hostplant. What is interesting is that the Orchid uses the female of this insect to carry its pollinia for its reproduction.
Etymology: from the Greek μόνος [monos], single and όνυχιον [onychion], nail, claw.
Description: This little weevil of 4 mm has a sigle claw on tarsus and a dorsal white spot.
Biology: It feed on Iris sp. and lay its eggs inside the seedpods, specially Iris pseudacorus, the Flag iris.