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Pine Flower Snout Beetle - Cimberis pilosa - female

Pine Flower Snout Beetle - Cimberis pilosa - Female
Acton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
May 27, 2013
Size: 2.2mm

Cimberis pilosa (LeConte), female
Moved from Cimberis. ID'd from specimen, now a photo-voucher. Thanks Tom.

Keyed using Kuschel 1989. This species is very similar to the sympatric C. pallipennis and the pair will be quite difficult to separate from photos.

Hosts are various species of Pinus. Adults of this family can be easily reared by taking branchlets with male strobili (around the time they shed pollen) and storing in plastic bags in a cool place. Host information is rather scanty for many Nearctic Nemonychidae.

Cimberis sp., female
Specimen now a photo-voucher, thanks Tom.

I like C. pilosa (LeConte) for this one, but there is this C. pallipennis (Blatchley) that is bugging me. I don't see the brassy tinge that elongata should have and the thorax could be the right shape for pallipennis. I really want to see Kuschel's revision before making a decision.

neat; will happily wait for voucher ID

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