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Genus Hypera

weevil - Hypera compta weevils - Hypera rumicis - male - female Weevil - Hypera nigrirostris Hypera rumicis Weevil 2 - Hypera compta Weevil - Hypera diversipunctata larva (pupa?) in webbing - Hypera Hypera postica
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 Hyperinae (Clover and Alfalfa Weevils)
Genus Hypera
Explanation of Names
Hypera Germar 1817
17 spp. (incl. 6 adventive) in our area(1)
widespread in N. Hemisphere
adults and larvae feed openly on leafs of various Fabaceae and Polygonaceae(1)
Life Cycle
larvae feed externally on the plants, and resemble small green caterpillars. Pupation takes place in a globular cocoon, often with mesh-like walls.
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.