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Species Mimosestes amicus

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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 Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Bruchinae (Pea and Bean Weevils)
Tribe Bruchini
Subtribe Acanthoscelidina
Genus Mimosestes
Species amicus (Mimosestes amicus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mimosestes amicus (Horn)
Orig. Comb: Bruchus amicus Horn 1873
Explanation of Names
amicus (L). 'friendly' (1)
Mimosestes amicus => friend of Mimosa
7 spp. ssp. n. of Mex. (2)
Body length 2.1–3.8 mm

Mimosestes amicus is easily separated from other Mimosestes species and from nearly all other U.S. bruchids by the character of the posterior margin of the eye merging smoothly with the side of the head. (3)
CA-TX-KS-NV, FL, HI / Mex. to Costa Rica.
Mimosestes amicus is one of the most abundant and widespread bruchids in the southwestern United States. (3)
Apr-Oct (BG data)
It probably breeds most successfully in seeds of Parkinsonia species but is abundant in Prosopis seeds as well. (3)
Kingsolver (2004) rearing records: Leucaena leucocephala; Parkinsonia aculeata, P. florida, P. microphylla, P. texana macra, P. texana texana; Prosopis glandulosa glandulosa, P. glandulosa torreyana, P. velutina, P. pallida, P. pubescens; Sesbania sesban (Hawaii), S. aegyptiaca.
Life Cycle
This bruchid oviposits only on green pods. Its exit holes are used by other species of bruchids for oviposition sites. (Kingsolver, 2004)
Print References
Kingsolver, J.M. & C.D. Johnson. 1978. Systematics of the genus Mimosestes (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). US Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin 1590. 106 pp.
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
3.Handbook of the Bruchidae of the United States and Canada
Kingsolver J.M. 2004. USDA, Technical Bulletin 1912 (2 vols.).