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Species Eustenopus villosus - Yellow Starthistle Hairy Weevil

Star Thistle Weevil - Eustenopus villosus Hairy Star Thistle Weevil - Eustenopus villosus weevil  - Eustenopus villosus Weevil - Eustenopus villosus Weevil - Eustenopus villosus Hairy Weevil - Eustenopus villosus Eustenopus villosus Eustenopus villosus
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 Curculionidae (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Subfamily Lixinae
Tribe Lixini
Genus Eustenopus
Species villosus (Yellow Starthistle Hairy Weevil)
Other Common Names
Hairy Star Thistle Weevil
Range
est. in w. US (WA-ID-CA), native to the Mediterranean, introduced in NA for weed control
Food
Host: Yellow Starthistle, Centaurea solstitialis
Remarks
introduced (CA 1990) to control the invasive Yellow Star Thistle. The weevils can look very different once their vestiture is lost.
Internet References
Fact sheets: SCNWCB, WA State U., FAMU