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Species Larinus minutus - Seedhead Weevil

canada thistle bud weevil - Larinus planus? - Larinus minutus Larinus from Montana (1) 10.07.08 - Larinus minutus Larinus minutus or L. obtusus - Larinus minutus Seedhead Weevil - Larinus minutus Larinus minutus Seedhead Weevil? - Larinus minutus Weevil on Sagebrush - Larinus minutus Weevil on Sagebrush - Larinus minutus
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 Lixinae
Tribe Lixini
Genus Larinus
No Taxon (subgenus Larinomesius)
Species minutus (Seedhead Weevil)
Other Common Names
Lesser Knapweed Flower Weevil
Explanation of Names
Larinus minutus Gyllenhal 1835
4-5 mm
brown-grey weevil with a very large, bulbous snout... When the adults first emerge from the knapweed seedhead they are light grey with some yellow fuzz on their bodies.(1)
native to Europe, introduced to the US (1991) to control knapweeds, established in WA-OR-MT(1)
Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa) and Diffuse Knapweed (C. diffusa)(1)
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