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tan weevil - Cimberis pilosa

tan weevil - Cimberis pilosa
Mt. Washington, Coos County, New Hampshire, USA
June 8, 2007
Size: about 3.6 mm
Taken by sweeping flowers and foliage with plastic dishpan or by tapping flower blooms into palm. I thought this two-tone weevil's even-length coat of decumbent setae was unusually attractive. This find was one of the many collateral benefits in my Forest Service-approved search for Py*tho str*ictus.

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Moved from Neocimberis. There are two spp. on UNH checklist for New Hampshire, both with genus name Neocimberis. Elsewhere (MCZ, Cedar Creek) the Neo- prefix has either been dropped or never added.

Of the two spp., both depicted on the Harvard site, this most resembles elongatus, which is also depicted on the Cedar Creek site.

my opinion is different
"this most resembles elongatus" - why?
The example of elongatus on the Harvard site is completely black, while the one of pilosus has brown elytra.
More important, the snout of elongatus (female!) is relatively short and wide, while that of pilosus (male!) is similar to your live specimen. If sexual dimorphism in the length of the snout is found in Nemonychids (which I ignore), it has to be the other way round . . .

you are an expert at this. I'll switch it to pilosus. Thanks, Boris.


Cimberis sp.
. . . maybe identifiable to species, unless a catalogue discloses which species is likely to occurr on the spot (7 listed in Nearctica only).
I´m fairly sure about the genus, because it is not Lecont*ellus, Acro*macer is a western species, and species of the remaining two genera have described too late for being candidates of the NE fauna.
Additionally, your weevil agrees with pictures in MCZ type database, and conifers are known hosts of the genus.


I thought the "forehead" and the unusual antennae didn't look right for a Curculionid, so I did a bit of research and found this. What do you think?

By Jove, Stephen,
I think you've nailed it. I knew there was something different-looking about it but hadn't stopped to figure out what. Many thanks! That gives me another new family collected, six in all (so far) as a collateral benefit from my search for Py*tho stri*ctus.

Glad to help
I have a question though ... can you view your own image above? I can see it in the thumbnail series but it's currently displayed as a blank box on this page. I thought it was just me, so I logged out and checked again, and still, blank box. Maybe an error occured when it was moved?

It looks fine to me.
See what it looks like to you now. I think there may be a lag time in image relocation. If it's still blank on your end, I'll ask John VanDyk to have a look.

I see the thumbnail
but still no image when I click on it. Cool find, by the way.

I've just reloaded the image.
Does it appear for you now?

Yep, it's there now. Thanks! Good that this has been fixed ... others may have had the same problem.

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