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Species Mecinus pyraster - Stem Miner Weevil

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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
Species pyraster (Stem Miner Weevil)
Explanation of Names
Mecinus pyraster (Herbst 1795)
Size
3-4.5 mm
Identification
Body cylindrical, rostrum rather short and strongly curved. Black, with white, a bit bristling hairs, especially on elytral apex, where they form a feeble crest on suture.
Range
native to Europe, introduced in NA
Habitat
Meadows
Food
Plantaginaceae: Plantago spp., especially P.lanceolata. Larvae develop in root crowns.