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Photo#595204
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.

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

Moved
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!).

ID
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..

Entiminae...
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.

Gary

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

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