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Genus Rhynchophorus

palmetto weevil - Rhynchophorus cruentatus Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Olivier) (Coleopetera: Curculionidae) - Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Red Palm Weevil Pupae, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Olivier) (Coleopetera: Curculionidae) - Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Snout - Rhynchophorus cruentatus Palmetto Weevil - Rhynchophorus cruentatus - male Palmetto Weevil - Rhynchophorus cruentatus - male Rhynchophorus sp.? - Rhynchophorus palmarum - female Rhynchophorus sp.? - Rhynchophorus palmarum - female
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 Dryophthorinae
Tribe Rhynchophorini
Genus Rhynchophorus
Numbers
2 spp. in our area(1), several more in the tropics worldwide
Size
the largest weevils in our area, 20-31 mm(2)
Identification
widely conical, truncate antennal club distinctive(1)
Range
1 sp. in coastal se. US (SC-FL-TX), another in CA(1)(2)
Food
on various palms(2)
Remarks
larvae of palm weevils are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Weevils of South Carolina (Coleoptera: Nemonychidae, Attelabidae, Brentidae, Ithyceridae, and Curculionidae).
Janet C. Ciegler. 2010. Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. 276 pp.