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Species Bangasternus orientalis - Yellow Starthistle Bud Weevil

Bangasternus orientalis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Curculionoidea
Family Curculionidae (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Subfamily Lixinae
Tribe Rhinocyllini
Genus Bangasternus
Species orientalis (Yellow Starthistle Bud Weevil)
Explanation of Names
Bangasternus orientalis (Capiomont 1873)
Size
5-7 mm(1)
Range
native to w Palaearctic (se Europe to C Asia)(1); released in the US in 1985 to control yellow starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis) (Asteraceae) and became established