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Brown Spikey Looking Beetle - Microlarinus lareynii

Brown Spikey Looking Beetle - Microlarinus lareynii
Manteca, San Joaquin County, California, USA
November 12, 2011
Size: ~3 mm
This beetle was sitting atop my fence basking in the sun.

I will definitely have to find a few more of these and take a few different viewpoint shots of them for the guide.

Moved from Microlarinus.

BugGuide's first?
hard to believe; this species was quite common in Phoenix (where, unfortunately puncture vine is too--the bane of us cyclists and triathletes!).

Microlarinus lareynii (Duval) Introduced biological control agent against Tribulus terrestis, puncture vine.

thanks again, Charlie

Microlarinus sp. --det. R.S. Anderson
[boy did i screw up this one... =v=]
Moved from Broad-nosed Weevils.

I'm with you..
I was thinking broad-nosed weevil as well..... Such an unusal and weird looking little guy.

thank you so much for sharing this, Chris
indeed, a very nice, distinctive weevil -- probably a new genus for the guide; an expert should recognize it, i'll show the image around. Entiminae are especially diverse in the west, and we still miss about 40[!] native NA genera in the guide (and a few adventive) in that subfamily alone.
keep them coming!

Moved from ID Request.

looks like
that cool dude looks like a dinosaur..

It's one of the Broad-nosed Weevils, other experts will most likely take it further down to species. Welcome to Bug Guide...nice photos too.


Thanks for the quick response and the compliment. Cool to know.

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