Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mimosestes amicus (Horn)
Orig. Comb: Bruchus amicus Horn 1873
Explanation of Names
(L). 'friendly' (1)
Mimosestes amicus => friend of Mimosa
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.
is one of the most abundant and widespread bruchids in the southwestern United States. (3)
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.
This bruchid oviposits only on green pods. Its exit holes are used by other species of bruchids for oviposition sites. (Kingsolver, 2004)
Kingsolver, J.M. & C.D. Johnson. 1978. Systematics of the genus Mimosestes (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). US Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin 1590. 106 pp.