Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Larinus

Larinus minutus or L. obtusus - Larinus minutus Larinus turbinatus Broad-nosed weevil - Larinus obtusus Beetle - Larinus obtusus Beetle - Larinus obtusus Weevil on Sagebrush - Larinus minutus Yard weevil 2 - Larinus Lixinae? - Larinus turbinatus
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
5 spp. in our area, all recently introduced to control weeds(1)(2); ~180 spp. total
Stocky body, rounded and slightly oblate dorso-ventrally, black in color, and sparsely hairy
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
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Non-target plant use by a weed biocontrol agent in Idaho: host expansion or opportunistic behavior?
S.L. Clement, L.J. Smithb, J. Prena, M.D. Kleene, R.C. Johnson. 2009. Biocontrol Science and Technology 19(4): 455-461.
3.Identification tool for weevil biological control agents of aquatic and terrestrial weeds in the United States and Canada