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Species Microlarinus lareynii - Puncturevine Seed Weevil

Brown Spikey Looking Beetle - Microlarinus lareynii Microlarinus lareynii Microlarinus lareynii
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 Microlarinus
Species lareynii (Puncturevine Seed Weevil)
Explanation of Names
Microlarinus lareynii (Jacquelin du Val 1852)
Size
2.0-4.5 mm(1)
Range
native to the Mediterranean, introduced in NA and now widely established in FL and sw. US east to NE-TX)(1)
Food
on Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestis) and Jamaica Feverplant (T. cistoides)(1)
Life Cycle
probably 3 generations in CA(1)
Remarks
introduced to control Puncturevine; first released in the US in 1961 (NV & CA, later several other states)(1)