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Head-clipping Weevil - Haplorhynchites aeneus

Head-clipping Weevil - Haplorhynchites aeneus
Blackwell Forest Preserve, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
July 19, 2009
Size: 7mm
These weevils were abundant and all over everything, including milkweed.
I now find they are commonly called "sunflower head-clipping" weevil.
I did find them primarily on plants in the sunflower family.

Find larger pictures and an article on the beetle's destructive habits at:
http://www.cirrusimage.com/beetle_weevil_head_clipping.htm

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i'll have it expert-checked
Moved from ID Request.

 
correct ID
This species is correctly identifies. Note that the specimen is teneral and lacks the normal al;l black color of mature individuals.

 
Au Contraire
This is a fully mature adult.

 
Head-clipping
Now I see the category, I have to comment - all the plants this weevil was infesting had their heads clipped. It's amazing this insect causes such a specific damage.

And, speaking of which, the stem in the picture has been clipped.

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