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Genus Mecinus

Lesser Apple Foliage Weevil - Mecinus pyraster Mecinus pyraster? - Mecinus pyraster Stem-boring Weevil - Mecinus janthinus Mecinus pyraster Mecinus linnavuorii Mecinus linnavuorii Coleoptera - Mecinus linnavuorii weevil - Mecinus pascuorum
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Curculionoidea
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