Found during this year vacations at Baltic Sea (northern parts of Poland):

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I don't have a picture containing other object, for size verification, but I'd say, that it was 3-4 cm long.

There were two interesting characteristics of this insect, that I haven't found in case of any other:

  • it was not flying / running away, when when being chased / waived by a hand; you actually had to snap it with a finger and sent it airborn, to make it fly away,

  • once touched by finger or upon falling from certain height it was pretending dead, but when you tried to remove "dead body" it turned out in most cases that it is alive and it was flying over.

This is all I can tell about this insect. Can someone help me with identifying, what species is it?

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    $\begingroup$ A weevil perhaps? Somewhere to start! $\endgroup$
    – CKM
    Sep 1, 2015 at 21:08

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It is possibly a vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus)

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Others of the family:

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    $\begingroup$ Looks like a good guess, however this part: "The adult weevil is matte black with fused wing covers, and is unable to fly" is making me a little bit susspicious, because I'm pretty sure, that insects observed by me were able to fly. Or maybe they were just jumping quite high? I'm not sure. $\endgroup$
    – trejder
    Sep 2, 2015 at 6:16
  • $\begingroup$ Also, notice the absence of the stripe on the pronoto in your guess that is very clear in the OP's specimen. I think you're right that it is likely a weevil of some sort, but you do not have the correct species. $\endgroup$ Apr 30, 2017 at 18:51

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