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Genus Gerstaeckeria - Cactus Weevils

Gerstaeckeria Gerstaeckeria? - Gerstaeckeria Gerstaeckeria Gerstaeckeria Gerstaeckeria hubbardi Gerstaeckeria hubbardi Gerstaeckeria hubbardi Gerstaekeria knullorum - Gerstaeckeria knullorum
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 Cryptorhynchinae (Hidden Snout Weevils)
Tribe Cryptorhynchini
Subtribe Tylodina
Genus Gerstaeckeria (Cactus Weevils)
Explanation of Names
Gerstaeckeria Champion 1905
Numbers
18 spp. in our area(1)
Range
se. & w. US to w. Canada(1)
Food
hosts: Cactaceae(1)
Life Cycle
Larvae mine the pads of Opuntia and hollow out smaller pincushion cacti such as Mammillaria and Coryphanta(1)
Remarks
Adults are flightless and nocturnal(1)
Print References
O'Brien C.W. (1970) Taxonomic revision of the genus Gerstaeckeria north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 63: 255-272.
Internet References
profile of G. hubbardi & G. fasciata (Woodruff 2012)(2)
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.EDIS -- Electronic Data Information Source of UF/IFAS Extension