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Genus Ophryastes

Large weevil with circular markings - Ophryastes nivosus Ophryastes ovipennis Sharp - Ophryastes ovipennis - male - female Large weevil - Ophryastes argentatus Ophriastes  - Ophryastes robustus white insect in desert (Death Valley, Mesquite Dune) with black stripes, gray speckles - male and female? - Ophryastes Ophryastes geminatus Looks like a Broad-nosed Weevil, perhaps tribe Geonemini - Ophryastes Ophryastes ovalis (Pierce) - Ophryastes ovalis
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 Entiminae (Broad-nosed Weevils)
Tribe Ophryastini
Genus Ophryastes
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in Kissinger (1970)(1)
Explanation of Names
Ophryastes Germar 1829
from Greek ophrys 'eyebrow'
35 spp. in our area; 2 spp. reach Canada(2)
w. US and adjacent Canada; most diverse in the southwest(2)
arid habitats(2)
Associated with shrubs, mostly in the Asteraceae, but also Larrea trilobata (creosote bush; Zygophyllaceae) and Atriplex (saltbush; Chenopodiaceae)(2)
Print References
Davis A.C. (1947) Review of the weevils of the tribe Ophryastini of America North of Mexico. Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus. 96 (3207): 483-551 (Full text)
Works Cited
1.Curculionidae tribe Ophryastini of North America (Coleoptera)
Kissinger D.G. 1970. Taxonomic Publications (South Lancaster, Mass). v+238 pp.
2.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.