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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"
Timber!
Momma Weevil has completed the cut. Typically, a small strand of vascular tissue remains, holding the cut flower head on the plant.
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