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weevil - Rhopalapion longirostre

weevil - Rhopalapion longirostre
Española, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, USA
May 26, 2009
Size: 3 mm?
On silverlace/Russian/mile-a-minute vine, Fallopia baldschuanica or whatever you like to call it.

from Bob Anderson:
"looks like longirostre"
good enough.

Moved from Apioninae.

Good to know
No Alcea within, I don't know, at least 100 m of that spot, by the way. Any chance this species also feeds on Sphaeralcea? Or was it just exploring?

i think [m]any Malvaceae would do...

a 'seed weevil'
i so wish a better non-grooming portrait of this one...

for the ID. I'll see what I can do about a better picture, but I was very lucky to get this one. I do have a blurrier picture where it's not grooming.

i see -- and i believe even this image has potential
apionines are a tough group, and very few [maybe one or two] people are able to ID most nearctic species, but i believe it's worth trying
my 2c: New Mexico may have a lot of fancy species, but this one still looks a lot like a male Apion (Rhopalapion) longirostre

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