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Species Orchestes fagi - Beech Leaf-mining Weevil

Orchestes fagi
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Curculionoidea (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Family Curculionidae (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Subfamily Curculioninae
Tribe Rhamphini (Flea Weevils)
Subtribe Rhamphina
Genus Orchestes
Species fagi (Beech Leaf-mining Weevil)
Other Common Names
Beech Flea Weevil(1)
Explanation of Names
Orchestes fagi (Linnaeus 1758)
2.2–2.8 mm(1)
native to, and widespread across Europe, adventive in NA (NS, established)(1)(2)
beech leaves; overwintered adults prefer to feed on newly flushed beech foliage but, in Europe, will feed on raspberry (Rubus) and hawthorn (Crataegus; Rosaceae) in early spring, before budburst in beech(1)
Life Cycle
One generation per year; adults emerge in spring and feed on newly expanding beech leaves, peppering
them with small holes, and occasionally damage the mid-rib causing the leaves to wilt(1)
earliest record in our area: NS 2011(1)
a member of a small subgenus Salius Schrank 1798
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