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Genus Merhynchites

Red One! - Merhynchites bicolor Weevil - Merhynchites bicolor Merhynchites 02b - Merhynchites wickhami Merhynchites 03b - Merhynchites wickhami - male - female Rose Curculio - Merhynchites bicolor Wester Rose Curculio - Merhynchites wickhami Beetle - Merhynchites bicolor - male Merhynchites
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 Attelabidae (Leaf Rolling Weevils)
Subfamily Rhynchitinae (Leaf and Bud Weevils)
Tribe Rhynchitini
Genus Merhynchites
Explanation of Names
Merhynchites Sharp 1889
Numbers
4 spp. in our area(1)
Range
NA (Canada to Mexico)(2): M. bicolor in so. Canada and n. US coast to coast (south to CA and in the mountains west of the Rockies and in the Great Basin Desert), M. wickhami in sw. Canada and w. US east to ND-IL-TX; the remaining 2 spp., locally in sw. US (C.W. O'Brien's comment and(1))
Food
larvae develop in buds/fruit of Rosa spp.: M. bicolor in the hips, M. wickhami in the buds(1)
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.A world catalogue of families and genera of Curculionoidea (Insecta: Coleoptera)
Alonso-Zarazaga M.A., Lyal C.H.C. 1999. Entomopraxis, Barcelona. 315 pp.