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Species Philopedon plagiatum - Marram Weevil

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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 Entiminae (Broad-nosed Weevils)
Tribe Cneorhinini
Genus Philopedon
Species plagiatum (Marram Weevil)
Explanation of Names
Philopedon plagiatum (Schaller 1783)
Size
4-6 mm(1)
Range
native to Europe, adventive in NA (Maritime Canada)(2); recently found in OR (see Aquatic Invasive Species News in a Nutshell 21: 5)
Habitat
sandy areas(2)
Food
polyphagous; larvae eat roots
Remarks
First detected in NA in 1934 (PQ); probably brought in with dry ballast(3)
Works Cited
1.Benisch C. (2007-) kerbtier.de – Beetle fauna of Germany
2.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.
3.The weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) of the Maritime Provinces of Canada, II: New records from Nova Scotia...
C.G. Majka, R.S. Anderson, & D.B. McCorquodale. 2007. The Canadian Entomologist 139: 397–442.