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Species Anthonomus eugenii - Pepper 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 Anthonomini
Genus Anthonomus
No Taxon (subgenus Anthonomus)
Species eugenii (Pepper Weevil)
Explanation of Names
Anthonomus eugenii Cano 1894
Range
e. NA to Calif. (GA-FL-TX-CA) to El Salvador - Map (1)(2)
Season
Breeding may be continuous throughout the year(3).
Food
Only plants in the family Solanaceae. Oviposits on Capsicum and Solanum, but adults feed on other genera, too.
Life Cycle
Larvae tunnel the center of pepper fruit and feed on the seed mass (3)

A complete generation takes 20 to 30 days, depending on weather. Larvae go through 3 instars.
Remarks
Considered a pest, the most important pest of peppers in southern US.
Probably originated in Mexico. Considered invasive in this country. (Capinera, 2002)
Print References
Capinera, J.L. 2002. North American Vegetable Pests. The Pattern of Invasion. American Entomologist.
Internet References
Featured Creatures - U. Florida