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Genus Mecinus

Gymnetron from Virginia (2) 10.06.17 - Mecinus pascuorum What sort of weevil? - Mecinus pyraster Curculionid - Mecinus pascuorum Weevil  - Mecinus janthinus Small black weevil - Mecinus pyraster Mecinus pyraster? - Mecinus pyraster Weevil [=Mecinus pyraster?] ID Request - Mecinus pyraster Curcurlionidae - Mecinus linnavuorii
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 Curculioninae
Tribe Mecinini
Genus Mecinus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
as currently understood, includes several spp. formerly treated in Gymnetron Schönherr 1825
Explanation of Names
Mecinus Germar 1821
3 spp. in our area (incl. M. pascuorum formerly treated in Gymnetron), all introduced; dozens in the Old World
Small, cylindrical weevils with 5-segmented antennal funiculus.
M. pyraster: Body completely black (tip of elytra may be reddish)
M. janthinus: Elytra dark metallic blue and more elongate
Images of all the spp. present in NA here
most diverse in the Mediterranean, introduced to NA for weed control