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Genus Larinus

Canada thistle bud weevils mating - Larinus carlinae - male - female Larinus planus  - Larinus carlinae Beetle - Larinus carlinae thistle weevil - Larinus carlinae Unknown Weevil - Larinus carlinae short snouted weevil - Larinus Weevils - Larinus turbinatus - male - female Curculionidae - Larinus obtusus - knapweed seedhead weevil? - Larinus
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 Lixini
Genus Larinus
Explanation of Names
Larinus Dejean 1821
5 spp. in our area, 4 recently introduced to control weeds and one adventive(1)(2); ~180 spp. total
Stocky body, rounded and slightly oblate dorso-ventrally, black in color, and sparsely hairy
key to spp. in (1)
native to the Old World, most diverse in warmer and dryer parts of the Palaearctic, esp. the Mediterranean and the Middle East; introduced in NA from so. Europe and now established across Canada and US (mostly in the northern and western states)
on thistles and related members of Asteraceae
used as biocontrol agents to combat invasive weeds(3)
See Also
Rhinocyllus conicus