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Head-cutting weevil clips Helianthus mollis - Haplorhynchites aeneus - female

Head-cutting weevil clips Helianthus mollis - Haplorhynchites aeneus - Female
Franklin County, Missouri, USA
July 26, 2009
Size: 8-9 mm including "snout"
I see the aftermath of this beetle's work frequently on a wide varitey of helianthoid composites. Here, a couple of pictures of the critter in flagrante delicto.

In fall the cut, but still dangling flower heads often have larvae, presumably of this beetle, in them.

These pictures taken by a friend who sent them to me to share.

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Head-cutting weevil clips Helianthus mollis - Haplorhynchites aeneus - female Head-cutting weevil clips Helianthus mollis - Haplorhynchites aeneus - female