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Species Orchestes steppensis - European Elm Flea Weevil

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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 Rhamphini (Flea Weevils)
Subtribe Rhamphina
Genus Orchestes
Species steppensis (European Elm Flea Weevil)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
previously misidentified in the New World as Orchestes alni (Linnaeus); all nearctic records of O. alni refer to O. steppensis Korotyaev; the range of O. alni is restricted to Europe(1)
Explanation of Names
Orchestes steppensis Korotyaev 2016
2.6-3.1 mm, usually 2.8-2.9 mm(1)
native to E. Palaearctic, spreading west in Eurasia; adventive and now widespread in NA (ON-ND-BC south to VA-MO-UT-OR)(1)(2)
hosts: elms (Ulmus)(2)
Print References
Anderson R.S., O'Brien C.W., Salsbury G.A., Krauth S.J. (2007) Orchestes alni (L.) newly discovered in North America (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 80: 78-79.
Works Cited
1.New data on the changes in the abundance and distribution of several species of beetles (Coleoptera) in European Russia...
Korotyaev B.A. 2016. Ent. Review 96: 620–630.
2.First record of Orchestes fagi (L.) in North America, with a checklist of the North Amercian Rhamphini
Sweeney, J., R.S. Anderson, and R.P. Webster. 2012. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 66: 297-304.