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Genus Neochetina - Waterhyacinth Weevils

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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 Brachyceridae
Subfamily Erirhininae (Marsh Weevils)
Subtribe Stenopelmina
Genus Neochetina (Waterhyacinth Weevils)
Explanation of Names
Neochetina Hustache 1926
Numbers
2 spp. in our area (both intentionally introduced), 6 spp. total(1)
Range
native to the Neotropics, introduced to FL in the early 1970s and now occur throughout the range of waterhyacinth in the US(2) (FL-LA-TX)
Food
Hosts: Pontederiaceae (Eichhornia, Pontederia)(1)
Remarks
introduced to control the waterhyacinth (E. crassipes)(3)
Works Cited
1.Weevils of South Carolina (Coleoptera: Nemonychidae, Attelabidae, Brentidae, Ithyceridae, and Curculionidae).
Janet C. Ciegler. 2010. Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. 276 pp.
2.Insects and other arthropods that feed on aquatic and wetland plants
Center T.D., Dray F.A., Jubinsky G.P., Grodowitz M.J. 2002. USDA ARS, Technical Bulletin 1870. 200 pp.
3.Biological control: A guide to natural enemies in North America