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Genus Larinus

Curculionidae - Larinus planus Larinus planus Larinus minutus  Knapweed Seedhead Weevil - Larinus obtusus weevil – genus Larinus? - Larinus turbinatus weevils - Larinus obtusus Curculionidae ? - Larinus Weevil - Larinus turbinatus
Classification
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 Lixinae
Tribe Lixini
Genus Larinus
Explanation of Names
Larinus Dejean 1821
Numbers
5 spp. in our area, 4 recently introduced to control weeds and one adventive(1)(2); ~180 spp. total
Identification
Stocky body, rounded and slightly oblate dorso-ventrally, black in color, and sparsely hairy
key to spp. in (1)
Range
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)
Food
on thistles and related members of Asteraceae
Remarks
used as biocontrol agents to combat invasive weeds(3)
See Also
Rhinocyllus conicus