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Species Exapion ulicis - Gorse Seed Weevil

Exapion ulicis - female Exapion ulicis - female
Classification
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 Brentidae (Primitive Weevils)
Subfamily Apioninae (Pear-shaped Weevils)
Genus Exapion
Species ulicis (Gorse Seed Weevil)
Other Common Names
Gorse Weevil
Explanation of Names
Exapion ulicis (Forster 1771)
Size
1.7-2.4 mm
Identification
native to w. Palaearctic(1), released in the US for weed control and now established along the Pacific WA-CA
Food
host: various Fabaceae, incl. gorse (Ulex europaeus)(1)
Remarks
first released in the US to control gorse (Ulex europaeus) in 1926
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