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Help with identification - Larinus minutus

Help with identification - Larinus minutus
Highlands Ranch, Douglas County, Colorado, USA
June 17, 2008
Size: .25 inches (appr)
Can someone help identify this insect - I suspect it's a blood sucker of some sort but I'm not a bug guy so I could use some help. Thanks!

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Help with identification - Larinus minutus Help with identification - Larinus minutus

Larinus minutus
a European beetle used here for weed control

Can you explain the identifying characterisitics for this?
It is a new species for the guide (congratulations, JT)!

I've cropped the images for more detail. I've also created a new guide page for the species.

Looking at the other Larinus we have in the guide, it seems size would be one way to distinguish this one from Larinus planus(it's smaller). Any chance of a more precise measurement (in mm), JT? I also see the snout of this one is more bulbous than L. planus. I'm moving this one to the new guide page.

"explain the identifying characterisitics"
look, i'm just familiar with the guy from my Old World past, it's pretty common and recognizable among congeneric spp. based on its short thick curved rostrum & general shape. I also googled it to find out whether it has been recorded from the US, and that's how I learned about its agric use. I'm much better versed in Palearctic fauna than in local one [consider it full disclosure]

Thanks, v
I kind of answered my own question when I started looking at the images. When we have a new species, it's helpful to have that info for the guide page.

Thank you for your comments. It's good to know this stuff!

Not to worry
it's weevil (snout beetle) - they feed on plants. Maybe someone can be more specific.

Not to worry
Thanks for the input!

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