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Species Nanophyes marmoratus - Flower Bud Weevil

Brentidae, ventral - Nanophyes marmoratus Curculionoidea - Nanophyes marmoratus Curculionidae - Nanophyes marmoratus Nanophyes marmoratus Brentidae Nanophyes? - Nanophyes marmoratus Nanophyes - Nanophyes marmoratus weevil - Nanophyes marmoratus Flower Bud Weevil - Nanophyes marmoratus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Curculionoidea
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)
2-2.5 mm(1)
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)
hosts: Lythrum spp.; larvae develop in flower buds & fruit(4)
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) |