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Species Neochetina eichhorniae - Mottled Waterhyacinth Weevil

Neochetina eichhorniae Neochetina eichhorniae Water Hyacinth Weevil - Neochetina eichhorniae ? - Neochetina eichhorniae Curculionid - Neochetina eichhorniae Curculionid - Neochetina eichhorniae Neochetina eichhorniae Warner - Neochetina eichhorniae Neochetina eichhorniae - male - female Neochetina eichhorniae
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 Brachyceridae
Subfamily Erirhininae (Marsh Weevils)
Subtribe Stenopelmina
Genus Neochetina (Waterhyacinth Weevils)
Species eichhorniae (Mottled Waterhyacinth Weevil)
Explanation of Names
Neochetina eichhorniae Warner 1970
Size
♂ 3.4-4.5 mm, ♀ 3.8-4.9 mm(1)
Range
se US (TX-LA, FL) (2), native to South America, introduced in FL (1972)(3)
Food
host: Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes, Pontederiaceae)(3)
Remarks
Introduced intentionally in 1972 to combat Eichhornia crassipes; native to Argentina and bordering countries
Print References
Firehun et al. 2015. Adaptability of two weevils (Neochetina bruchi and Neochetina eichhorniae) with potential to control water hyacinth in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia. Crop Protection 76: 75–82. (Abstract)