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Genus Mecinus

Weevil - Mecinus pyraster Gymnetron from Virginia (4) 10.05.31 - Mecinus pascuorum Snout Beetle - Mecinus pyraster weevil - Mecinus pyraster Mecinus pascuorum Weevil [=Mecinus pyraster?] ID Request - Mecinus pyraster Mecinus pascuorum Weevil - Mecinus pyraster
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 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
Numbers
3 spp. in our area (incl. M. pascuorum formerly treated in Gymnetron), all introduced; dozens in the Old World
Identification
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
Range
most diverse in the Mediterranean, introduced to NA for weed control