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Tooth-nosed Snout Weevil - Auletobius cassandrae

Tooth-nosed Snout Weevil - Auletobius cassandrae
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
September 15, 2007
Size: ~2mm


Auletobius cassandrae
Finally got around to looking it up. Fairly common.

Tooth-nosed Snout Weevil
Thanks Boris. This is the smallest one in this subfamily so far.

Attelabidae: Rhynchitinae
The other groups you suspected this weevil belonging to differ obviously, inter alia:
Brentidae: Apioninae - elytra well convex throughout transversally;
Nemonychidae - elytral puncturation confused.

Snout looks a little like a chicken neck so I wonder if this could be Poda*pion galli*cola. Another possibility, at least based on antennae and high "forehead," is Ne*monychidae.

Chicken neck?
I guess I didn't grow up on a farm:-)
It'll be interesting to see what this one turns out to be.

I used backward engineering
starting with the name, which, if I have not completely botched the Latin (I probably have ;-), means chicken neck. Then I said, "Hey, the snout on Tom's beetle looks a little like a plucked, skinned chicken neck."

I'm usually way wrong when I try to do this but once in a rare while I nail it. Either I'm too smart by half or half as smart as I need to be.

I'll go with the "you're too smart" side
Latin is like Greek to me.

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