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Species Nanophyes marmoratus - Flower Bud Weevil

Brentidae, dorsal - Nanophyes marmoratus Brentidae, ventral - Nanophyes marmoratus Tiny Weevils - Nanophyes marmoratus   - Nanophyes marmoratus Primitive Weevil - Nanophyes marmoratus Suspect Family Brentidae? - Nanophyes marmoratus Nanophyes - Nanophyes marmoratus Nanophyes - Nanophyes marmoratus
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 Brentidae (Primitive Weevils)
Subfamily Nanophyinae
Genus Nanophyes
Species marmoratus (Flower Bud Weevil)
Other Common Names
Loosestrife Seed Weevil(1), Purple Loosestrife Flower Weevil, Loosestrife Weevil
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Nanophyes lythri (Fabricius 1787)
Explanation of Names
Nanophyes marmoratus (Goeze 1777)
Size
2-2.5 mm(1)
Range
native to, and widespread across w. Eurasia (Europe to w. Siberia), intentionally introduced into Canada, established in QC-MB, NY, NJ, MI, MN, and across w. US (WA-CA to ID-CO)(2)(3)
Food
hosts: Lythrum spp.; larvae develop in flower buds & fruit(4)
Remarks
introduced to NA to control purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)(5); first released in 1994 (MB, NY, MN)(2)
Internet References
Fact sheets: anon. (WA)(1) | anon. (MN) | (1998) (MB) | Davis et al. (2002-2009)(6) | Fofonoff et al. (2005)(7) |